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Brookings Mountain West


Brookings Mountain West offered an event titled, "The Life She Deserves: Medical Marijuana in the United States on Monday, November 5, 2018. This event featured a viewing of the film, and was followed by a panel discussion with John Hudak, George Burroughs, and Maritza Bermudez. “The Life She Deserves” is an intimate portrait of Jennifer Collins and her family’s struggle to find a treatment to control her debilitating epilepsy. Because her legal pharmaceutical treatments cause severe side effects, Jennifer and her mother move across the country to access medical marijuana. The therapy provides Jennifer and her family with the relief they once feared was unobtainable, but they are now faced with the stigma and legal uncertainty that surround the use of medical cannabis. The Collins family’s struggle to treat Jennifer’s illness sheds light on the dysfunctional relationship between federal and state laws that results in confusion and unimaginable obstacles and uncertainty for patients and families who need help. Following a screening of the film, our panelists responded to a brief set of questions posed by the moderator, and audience members had an opportunity to ask additional questions.


Medical marijuana; Marijuana policy; Public affairs


Community Health | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Policy | Political Science | Public Policy

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This event was held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the Greenspun Hall Auditorium on Monday, November 5, 2018.

This event featured panelists John Hudak, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, George Burroughs, Film Director, The Brookings Institution, and Maritza Bermudez, VP Business Development, Cannabis Commerce Group Consulting.

This event was moderated by William E. Brown, Jr., Director, Brookings Mountain West.