Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Wed, Apr 24, 2019 7:30 PM



Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 PM

$11 Members | $16 Public
with discussion and reception with Al Smith & friends

Al Smith & Friends' new documentary dispels the myth on medical marijuana and sheds lights on its burgeoning market. The global market for medical marijuana will surpass $31 billion in just 3 years. As more states legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use, the cannabis industry is mobilizing to serve growing markets. However, very little is being done to creatively engage and entertain people interested in cannabis-related products. Join Al Smith & Friends to discover what little we know.

By combining great musical entertainment with testimonials from those most powerfully affected by the use of medical marijuana and information from industry leaders, Al Smith & friends created and exciting and meaningful documentary on the issue of marijuana. The film includes several speakers, including Leo Bridgewater, an Army Specialist who served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, who struggled with PTSD after his honorable discharge. Since then, Bridgewater discovered the power of cannabis and became one of the most prominent activists and entrepreneurs in the tri-state area and beyond. Today, his titles include the Co-founder of the New Jersey Cannabis Commission, and the National Director for Veterans Outreach with the group Minorities for Medical Marijuana. Also included is Rani Soto. Soto’s own battle with cancer left him prescribed opioid-based pain medication and a doctor’s advisory to not consume cannabis. After three months of using his prescribed medicine, and one particularly jarring experience where he lost track of the day, Soto turned to cannabis. Today, cancer-free, he is immersed in the cannabis movement with events like the Cutting Room and serving as the Co-founder of the New Jersey chapter of the networking community CannaGather, as well as Co-founder and COO of the New Jersey-based cannabis accelerator LeafLaunch. Join us for stories, engaging discussion, and more!
Produced by Cindy Campbell.