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Documentary "A Norml Life" #1 Marijuana Film the World?

PORTLAND, OREGON (February 18, 2012)©\ Rod Pitman; Executive Producer of the most compelling cannabis film in years "Hempsters: Plant the Seed" is at it again. The Portland director has now come full circle in covering both sides of the Cannabis/Marijuana movie film genre.
A Norml Life, released on Aug. 16, 2011 by Cinema Libre' Studios has been making a steady but slow upward climb on the imdb Moviemeter Charts, when last week without warning it appears to have rocketed from its moderate 77,976 rank as of January 29th 2012, to propel distributor Cinema Libre's title to a record breaking 875 imdb ranking in just one week.

Cinema Libre Studio is a leader in distributing social©\issue documentaries and features by passionate filmmakers. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Cinema Libre¡¯ has released over one hundred films including the Sundance Audience Award©\Winning FUEL, THE END OF POVERTY, and Oliver Stone¡¯s SOUTH OF THE BORDER. The studio is developing John Perkins¡¯ best©\selling memoirs, CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN, into a major motion picture. A Norml Life is now Cinema Libre's #1 film and also Cinema Libre's highest imdb ranking movie ever.

As of February 5th 2012 A Norml Life has gained respect in Hollywood. With no apparent media attention or relevant explanation as to why this sudden quantum leap, the phenomena remains a mystery. When asked to speculate, Pitman says, "well...... it looks like we may be going viral."

"It appears we're now the ranking #3 Marijuana Movie of all time, just behind Refer Madness and the Cheech and Chong stoner movie Up In Smoke.¡±

According to imdb analytics A Norml Life is the #1 highest ranking Marijuana/Cannabis Documentary globally. Last week it outranked the top shelf cannabis documentary The Union by 3000 plus as the #3 non-dramatic documentary year to date.

A NORML LIFE, directed by Rod Pitman and produced by Doug Ross, is based on the principals that the nonprofit organization NORML holds. The documentary presents the infamous case that the use of medicinal marijuana is effective and that it is a safe alternative to pharmaceutical medicine. Through first hand interviews with physicians, patients suffering from chronic illness and a great amount of evidence provided by clinical case studies¡ªthe filmmakers prove that there are in fact both physical and psychological benefits produced by marijuana that dramatically affect a patient¡¯s condition.

In the film we meet NORML founder Keith Stroup, ESQ and NORML¡¯s Executive Director Allen St. Pierre whom are both widely known in the media as leaders in the movement for marijuana policy reform. Jodie Emery, the activist and wife of the ¡°Prince of Pot¡± Marc Emery, appears in the film leading the ¡°Free Marc¡± campaign and fighting to appeal her husband¡¯s conviction for marijuana trafficking¡ª while carrying on Marc¡¯s mission to ¡°Plant the Seeds of Freedom and Overgrow the Government¡±. This is in hopes that one day people will be able to grow their own cannabis for medicine. We also see Independent candidate for Governor of Kentucky, the late Gatewood Galbraith, whose determination and strive is a force for cannabis advocates everywhere. Other personalities from all walks of life share their views on the benefits of marijuana and the challenges they face to legalize it.


Rod Pitman has produced television shows, music videos and the recently released film HEMPSTERS: PLANT THE SEED, also distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. Doug Ross, founder of Honolulu Municipal Television, is a recognized video professional who has worked on acclaimed projects such as the Global View series on History Channel International and China: Engineering an Empire on History Channel. These two men, who have known each other for years, collaborated on this project to carry out the repeated message from the personal stories of these activists: when western medicine fails and the only solution to end pain and suffering is medicinal marijuana, then something needs to be done to end the war on drugs.

SYNOPSIS: NORML or National Organization of the Reform for Marijuana Laws has long advocated for the decriminalization of cannabis for over 40 years. Its founder, current leaders and nationwide chapter representatives describe the patchwork of state and municipal laws that allow the sale of medical marijuana, while the federal government still regards cannabis as a dangerous narcotic.

Voters in the U.S. are increasingly recognizing the positive aspects of accepting and controlling medical marijuana in their communities for its medicinal benefits, as well as for its potential to generate needed tax revenue.
Hear personal stories and testimonies to the efficacy of medicinal marijuana from those who are suffering from chronic illnesses. To what extent should we allow the government to legislate over personal freedoms and liberties with regard to our health and treatment?

SRP: $19.95 | TRT: 60 minutes
Street Date: 8/16/11 | UPC: 881394113329
Catalog: CLS 1133 | Genre: Documentary/ Health
Interview with Ray Manzarek, Co©\Founder and Keyboardist of The Doors
plus an introductory video, ¡°About NORML¡±

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