The Marijuana Chronicals
It’s 1972 and Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau plans to decriminalize marijuana, while other political groups want to maintain status quo by proving its damaging impact.
Writer/Producer/Director Craig Pryce’s feature film focuses on the latter scenario and retells the true story of a group of young women who volunteer to take part in a 98-day study. During this time, they agree to smoke dope twice each evening, while living within a controlled facility, and under constant observation by a group of psychologists and medical staff. The freak-outs and the friendships that develop are a testament to the young women, who despite the pressures of confinement, the THC and the scrutiny, were resilient and determined.
The film was made on a very limited budget, and the greatest challenges were finding 1972 Toronto in 2019 Toronto, and creating a seamless, believable ‘Addiction Research Facility’ spread across 3 locations. We chose our angles wisely, retrofitted and dressed succinctly, and with a sparkling group of young talented actors who thrilled at wearing wonderful ‘70’s wardrobe, The Marijuana Chronicles is factual, fun and heartfelt, and needless to say, timely!