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Medical Cannabis Activism and the Doctor (Film Screening)

28th October 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Doctor (trailer: documentary brings the story of Franjo Grotenhermen, a pioneering doctor, researcher and cannabis medicine advocate since the 1990s, into sharp focus. This award-winning documentary emphasises the dedication, tenacity, and empathy of a doctor who, against all odds, successfully advocated for patient rights to cannabis medicine in Germany. An estimated 100,000 people currently receive cannabis-based medicines on prescription in Germany.

The film illustrates how Franjo’s leadership created and sustained a scientific and medical network, that advanced cannabis medicine in Europe and North America. The Doctor has won 15 film awards, including Amsterdam International Film Festival, Tokyo Film Awards, Robinson Film Awards, and Manheim Arts and Film Festival. We are pleased to premiere The Doctor in the UK.

This one-hour screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A, chaired by Dr Yewande Okuleye, Early Career Fellow, Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies. Online panel members include Dr Franjo GrotenhermenEthan Russo MD, (CEO Credo Science) Ernesto Diringuer, (CEO MYCB1 Group B.V) Forzana Nasir, (CEO Can Do) Franjo Grotenhermen, (Director International Association for Cannabinoid Medicine) and Tjalling Erkelens, (CEO Bedrocan).

Dr Yewande Okuleye completed her PhD on the medicalisation of cannabis in the 1990s. She is undertaking further research to examine health equity and cannabis-based medicine for black communities in the UK.


28th October 2022
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Category:


Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies
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