American Weed: Buds on the Ballot

Today, Kelly Williams, one of Emerald Pathway’s patients, invited us into his home. Kelly and his wife, Marreesa, told us they moved to Colorado from Kansas after Kelly was charged with a marijuana-related misdemeanor. A second-time offense is considered a felony in Kansas. Colorado’s medical marijuana laws made it seem like a good place to call home, especially after Kelly’s kidney cancer diagnosis. The beautiful scenery and mountains also attracted them to Fort Collins.

Medical marijuana was a factor in their relocation. Now with the dispensary ban, however, Kelly’s medicine is not as accessible. Kelly said that the expense of travelling farther for $10 of medical marijuana to treat symptoms such as nausea, from which he has been suffering for the past 10 years, may not be worthwhile. He revealed that he wakes up and immediately smokes, even before putting on his glasses or kissing his wife, to deal with the nausea. He said that the nausea limits his ability to work in the morning. He explained the hardship of finding a job, since employers often require drug tests, because they do not want to hire users.

Although Marressa supports her husband, she told us that she remains more skeptical than Kelly about its curing abilities, even though she has grown more accepting over time. She believes that marijuana can relieve someone’s pain, but the user may still not figure out what is causing the pain. She feels that the reason is important. Marressa noted that sometimes a cure is not found even if the cause is known.  So far the doctors haven’t found the cause of Kelly’s nausea.

Even with his pain, Kelly still finds time for fun and brought us to his garage to show us his hobby.  Kelly is an avid dart player, and he told us about the first time he was in a dart tournament and fell in love with the sport. When they were just 17, he and his friend Joey managed to get in the bar where the tournament was held because Joey’s mom worked there. The boys battled for first and second place, and to this day Kelly does not remember who actually won. He has since created a slogan, “It’s not about luck; it’s about skill,” and is entering another dart tournament.

-Written by Nai Pak, American Weed Production Crew

Tonight on American Weed: Buds on the Ballot, as Election Day nears, anxiety builds for those for and against the medical marijuana dispensary ban in Fort Collins, Colorado. Medical marijuana dispensaries are facing the possibility of extinction as the upcoming vote on Question 300  threatens to ban all dispensaries within city limits.  Dispensary owners and supporters feel that the dispensaries not only provide an invaluable service to suffering patients in surrounding areas, they also support the town through paying taxes as any other legitimate small business . Supporters of the ban are certain that the dispensaries have corrupted the community and are harming their children . Those on both sides of the issue rush to put in their last campaign efforts to either save or do away with medical marijuana dispensaries in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Be sure to tune in at 10P et/pt for the full story.


  1. D. Bryant
    N.C. , USA
    March 14, 2012, 6:56 pm

    I think that the people who are trying to ban weed for medical use should have to spend so time taking care of cancer or AIDS patients when regular meds either cause severe side effects or just don’t work anymore. I have been in nursing for 20 years and wish that pot would be made available to patients here. Over the years I don’t know how many people I have watched suffer because their meds became ineffective or the side effects became more than they could deal with. It is hard to watch someone suffer to their last breath. People against the benefit of pot should watch that play out a few times.

  2. Michael
    March 14, 2012, 8:07 pm

    marijuana should be legal all over the United States ! what is so bad about it………..Nothing !!!! It’s not even addictive.

  3. 1Humanfactor
    Emerald Pathway
    March 14, 2012, 9:01 pm

    Kelly was a great patient with a terrible problem. He was smart enough move and change everything for proper treatment. If it did not work Why would he be r patient or continue to use this medicine everyday…..

    March 14, 2012, 9:02 pm

    Fort Collins, Colorado EX-mayor Ray Martinez is nothing but a modern day Hitler who hasn’t a clue where he even gets the stats he uses to put down medical marijuana from! Since he doesn’t seem to think he needs help with the quality of his life (lol), he feels it’s ok to dictate to others what they can and can’t have, especially if it helps the quality of life by the people who need it. He’s not a doctor and even though he’s entitled to his opinion, so’s everyone else. Even opioids have their downsides.

  5. B Allen
    March 14, 2012, 9:35 pm

    Wow this is such line fed bad reality tv. This all sounds so corny and canned !?! Come on guys hat has Nat Geo turned into fake reality tv crap. It’s a serious subject and this is so poorly faked from every angle.
    Shame on you Nat Gro for de-volving and lowering your standards.

  6. Greg D.
    Hays KS
    March 14, 2012, 10:38 pm

    Hey, Kelly. Just seen you on American Weed! HaHa. Sorry about the diagnoses, man. peace, man and take it easy.

  7. mike
    March 15, 2012, 8:51 pm

    very disappointing , was expecting more than a bunch of stoners. trying to sell illegal drugs for mysterious ailments , wanted more facts not “hey bro i have a pain in my neck , can i get 40% maui and 60% cannabis , wtf? poor showing Nat Geo

  8. senee
    March 16, 2012, 2:54 pm

    keep up the good work. I too smoke marijuana as i am a mulitple sclerosis sufferer and cannibis helps me tremendously. dont knock it if you havent tried it
    thanks to all

  9. janell
    United States
    March 21, 2012, 5:22 pm

    I suffer with 2 chronic illnesses, both cause me a great deal of pain, and are at this time, still incurable. I am on 3 different narcotic painkillers, along with at least 5 other drugs currently that I take on a daily basis just to make it through the day. I have to question alot of the times, are these drugs hurting my body more? Medical marijuana is not legal where I live, but I feel I would possibly try it if it was. I have to deal with alot of side effects because of the meds I have to take that just help me get thru the day. I am sure there are those that get the card from the dr and really dont need the marijuana, but prescription drug abuse and addiction is out of control. So it is the same on both sides. I think people that haven’t lived with a chronic painful illness or condition have no idea what it is to be in constant pain, and the side effects of opioids, damage they can cause.

  10. tim bell
    March 21, 2012, 9:15 pm

    i think weed should be legalized cause it is not dangerous i also think the dispensarys in colorad0 should be left alone keep running

  11. mike bell
    March 21, 2012, 9:28 pm

    i vote against the banning of the dispensarys i think they should be left alone they aint hurting anybody

  12. mike bell
    March 21, 2012, 9:31 pm

    hey i am smoker and i think it should be lgalized martinez is just mad cause the dispensarys is making more money than he is

  13. little mike
    March 21, 2012, 9:53 pm

    Ya’ll really need to stop PUSHING THE ISSUE with this med/marijuana your doing more harm then good!!!As a prior user smoker and current medicinal user due to back and leg pain I can tell u it dosen’t help u with the first hit just like pharm’s it takes a bit(nomatter the strain)YES it helps!!! and YES it’s it’s alot better then kidney/liver failure due to the meds BUT like reality ur over blowin it and pushing the fed’s to stop it by shoving it in thier faces!!!Look at Cali,they lost thier rite to sell med/marijuana cause of over publicity.Like everything the feds know it exist and allow it IF U DON’T SHOVE IT IN THIER FACE!!!!!!!Because of the fineline pharmacies won’t handle it till it’s federally legal so we need dispenceries or the streets but showing pot smoking growers selling this ISN’T GONNA HELP THE SITUATION and u can hollar taxes all day but that’s gonna help ur cause,not when u have a bible belt and and 2 conservitive generations against it.for the benefit of the pepole that benefit from it STOP making this a reality show and let the states do what thier doing,theres power in numbers(electorial votes not potheads with 200 by 50 green houses talking about how they “sacrifice” for “thier patients”.AGAIN I SUPPORT IT AND BENEFIT FROM IT not living in a legalized state,but your rouning it for then rest of us!!!!LEAVE SLEEPING DOGS LIE!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. cmcan
    March 21, 2012, 10:39 pm

    I’m 51y/o, & have lived with degenerative joint disease since I was 6 y/o. I had my first joint replacement at 44. A fall on ice a few years ago made thing worse, & discovered from that fall that I now have bone tumors in my ilium part of the pelvic bones, (this stuff isn’t supposed to be in this part of the bones when it occurs), I also have the bone tumors in rib bones & tailbone. If that’s not enough, I also have sacriilitis, a arthritic condition of the L5 of my back down to my tailbone. I live my life hour by hour in constant pain. Doctors in fear of addicted patients to morphine and other federally controlled drugs, dispense with a tight-fisted hand.
    I have always been one with a high tolerance to pain, until now as my level of inflammation has ravaged my body to near mind-twisting pain.
    Due to the chronic inflammation that ravages my body, my organs are beginning to show signs of failure due to my body trying to heal itself, has now turned against itself. Attacking once healthy heart, lungs, kidneys and pancreas.
    I for one DO NOT get the euphoric high off narcotics. All I get is sleepy, and relief from the constant pain the I suffer with in rest or in activity.. Sitting, walking, standing is the reason why I avoid almost everything I have ever enjoyed from life in my youth.Even my high tolerance to pain has lost it’s reserve and nerve. This pain could push me to take drastic measures just for relief, and that concerns me.
    I’m open to anything that will help manage my constant companion, called pain. Only thing that has kept me from going to the street is jail.
    I have never done drugs in my life that were illegal. I even refused to date guys who even had the smallest of suspicion of drug use.
    When asked to grade my pain levels, I tell them, “SHOOT ME NOW, because I’m past 10!”
    Can medicinal marijuana help manage musculoskeletal condition s like mine? Do I have to go to a state that makes it legal? Is it only in California? Can I try it just to see how pot would relieve my pain? Grocery day, better yet, grocery day on a icy cold day when my pain is at it’s worst would be a good time to try.
    I think if America would legalize medicinal marijuana, just think of the jobs that would create in America. No more illegal aliens crossing deadly deserts, no more drug cartels, and then there’s the tax base the government would want to get their “pound of flesh”, the vultures!
    There’s always going to be some idiots out there like everything else; people trying to make money without having to work for it like the rest of us grunts.
    Just from what I’ve seen on these programs, I’m convinced in favor of legalized medicinal marijuana.

  15. Mtdeason
    Bakersfield CA
    March 22, 2012, 11:29 pm

    Can anyone tell me what song they were singing by the campfire at the end of “Pot or Not” episode? It’s stuck in my head and I need to get it out. Thanks

  16. z9y8x7
    Chico, CA
    March 23, 2012, 4:33 pm

    I do not use cannabis, but for all the people whom voted against the dispensaries, how many of you are “LICENSED PHYSICIANS”?, none, wow. Now, how can you say what is right and wrong?, when you clearly do not know how it works or what relief the patient can get from it. For the “FORMER” mayor, does your doctor enforce the law? How can you do his job? Do you have 8+ years of medical training?

  17. reshma
    Fayetteville NC
    March 23, 2012, 6:57 pm

    According to the government surveys of 25 million people that smokes marijuana in the past year, says it’s harmless. Many that are dealing with medical disorders, such as glaucoma, nervous system and seizures. Even HIV patients have an powerful appetite to smoke marijuana to stimulate their suffering. Stanly and his brothers should to link up with other states and have an big rave an have them vote as well for the cause.

  18. reshma
    Fayetteville NC
    March 23, 2012, 7:14 pm

    According to the government surveys of 25 million people that smokes marijuana in the past year, says it’s harmless. Many that are dealing with medical disorders, such as glaucoma, nervous system and seizures, even HIV patients have an powerful appetite to smoke marijuana to stimulate their suffering. I think Stanly and his brothers should link up with other states and have an big rave an have them vote as well for the cause.

  19. jason
    union city,tn
    March 24, 2012, 10:48 am

    hay, guys iam sorry for what happen, that guy just want mayor again , he knows that marijuana can help but he played on the fears of the people . my mom was giving 6 months to live she had breast cancer it was even in the bone so when she begin treatments she couldnt keep food down so she ask me to make her some brownies, my mom was a nurse and a wiccan so she knew what would help. me at the time i was anti-marijuana big time until i saw what it did for her i knew then i have been lied to , i was pissed to say the least. myself i have seizures mostly at night iam in bad pain i know frist hand it helps but it has been a few years since i used it to help my pain so i just live with it ,so please guys keep fighting dont give up the people you are helping need you .thank-you jason

  20. jason
    union city,tn
    March 24, 2012, 11:45 am

    to the people who have never had to deal with a medical illness are never smoke weed iam happy for you and i hope you never do. belive me i will not brack the law to help my pain and seizure disorder, but to the ones who have a one frame my have you look into it MARIJUANA and when you do show me one death just one you will not find it T.H.C can it kill you yes but the last report i read a person would have to smoke 16,000 joints in 20min to get a leathal dose . so please show me one death marijuana has been around since begin of humen history.the frist law at jamestown was a law to grow it .so to all of you who voice a view about the evil of marijuana .frist learn about it and if you are interested go out an rent this video call ” THE UNION ” i think its one of the best. but remember have no view when you watch it and look at the history and then contect some of the people . and do understand that no body wants kids and teens and young adult who not sick to have marijuana. but ,can you tell me the last time you saw any body protesting store that sell the number one killer on this ” TOBACCO ” this new year will see 100,000 people die in the u.s due to it and 5,000,000 world wide .to the last report i read and how about beer/wiskey this is our second killer u.s. and world-wide. to me if the laws of our land loves us so much the would due all they can to help the ones with programs i belive it was back in the 1950s tobacco companys new that it was bad and it will kill a person. but for years doctors on there pay roll got big money to lie. and tobacco companys give money to people who want to be in office in wasington d.c. but before anybody pass judgement on medical-marijuana should some do some home work before passing judgement on just personal views. these guys on america weed know what i know, the read books , the dont lock them self away from the hurting of others, ask your self this when you meet a person who is down on there luck can you look that person in the eyes are do you look away. so about me i dont get my plasure from some one pain .. do you ….thank you jason

  21. Gayle Risley-Dintelmann
    March 29, 2012, 4:39 am

    Personally, I think the radio show debate between Josh and the former cop/Mayor was a good one, but the reason why so many people have been approved or applied for a medicinal use card is because they’re leaving traditional medications and the complications they cause for a more natural alternative, and this was not said during the debate. I take 14 different prescribed medications that have horrible side effects. I would rather use a natural medication, if if works, then the toxic meds I have to rely on now.

  22. Mick
    March 31, 2012, 2:04 am

    I’ve been following this series and wish the best for all the people that really need the medical Marijuana. Even though they voted to close the despensaries, the others left open within the state should consider re-naming some of the strains…why some may ask? One strain that caught my attention was called Green CRACK. The name of it puts fear into the unintelligent-uneducated fools that voted to shut them down. We all know it’s marijuana but why call it CRACK?! All I’m saying is use some common sense.
    Anyway as far as the radio debate with Josh Stanley and that Martinez guy, when Martinez said that weed was being abused and falling into the hands of people that don’t need it, well the same can be said without a doubt about prescription drugs, tobacco and alcohol.
    The federal government should make marijuana legal all over the united states not just for medical use but recreational also, tobacco and alcohol is and how many people have they killed and then compare it to marijuana. They won’t make marijuana legal because that’s telling everyone they were wrong and it’s not dangerous, which it isn’t. The only dangerous thing about it is the black market and actually smoking it may cause lung cancer but there are safer ways to ingest it. Tobacco and alcohol can be bought and sold so that tells me the government doesn’t give a hoot in hell about public safety. It’s ALL about money and if weed was made legal people would stop buying the poisons the pharmaceutical companys produce. I always wondered if their drugs work so well why do they have to advertise them to the public, wouldn’t doctors know what’s best? People really need to open their eyes and think about what’s going on. These marijuana despensaries are cutting into their sales and that’s what it’s really all about.
    The medical marijuana vote came up here in TN just recently but even if it passes this place will be another Fort Collins with the same end result of the community not allowing the sale of it here, they voted to make the sale of rolling papers here illegal just a year or two ago. All I can say is keep up the fight and don’t vote for the idiots that vote against making medical marijuana legal nationwide.

  23. Jennifer
    Colorado springs
    April 3, 2012, 7:11 pm

    I love the show!  I work at a doctors office and I know that when one of my patients start this medicine they come off their narcotics.  This show let’s everyone know that.  I especially love the wives of the brothers.  It tells a lot about them and how strong they are for just staying with them.  I’d like to see more of them. I think this show is great.

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  24. Jeremy
    Manitou springs
    April 3, 2012, 7:25 pm

    I think this is a very good show. It shows that all the people on the show are human. That they are a very caring. And the women that stand by them are very strong and inteligent people. I wish everyone had an open mind and that they would legalize this drug for the good of people. The brothers are so funny.

  25. Jennifer
    Colorado Springs
    April 3, 2012, 7:33 pm

    I love the show!  I work at a doctors office and I know that when one of my patients start this medicine they come off their narcotics.  This show let’s everyone know that.  I especially love the wives of the brothers.  It tells a lot about them and how strong they are for just staying with them.  I’d like to see more of them. It shows that everyone on the show is human.

  26. Phil
    April 5, 2012, 12:28 am

    Yikes! I don’t believe that this television series presents medical marijuana patients in a truly positive light. Most of the so called patients appear to be just stoners portrayed as patients. Their oohing and ahhing excitement over the look and smell of the medicine at the dispensaries is so typical to that of a stoner.

    Then when most of them take the medicine they appear just like stoners getting high. There is so much of this show that should be edited out in order to portray medical marijuana patients as being in need of the medicine to relieve symptoms of their ailments, rather than cop a buzz to mask them.

    I can attest to what it looks like to someone from the outside looking in because I was a stoner 25 years ago and am quite knowledgeable of how stoners act and appear. Now I only occasionally use to alleviate some symptoms of my bi-polar condition. My usage is only about 1 gram in a month.

    With my condition I can get a very high level of unexplained anxiety that can be eliminated by a conventional drug like Xanax or Valium. However, those are very addictive and I prefer relieving my anxiety through the use of medicinal marijuana. Unfortunately, I don’t live in a state that allows medical marijuana and this makes me a criminal. I fear that this show does more to present marijuana as a drug used to get high rather than a medicine used to treat legitimate medical conditions.

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  29. Jonathan Lobay
    alberta Canada
    May 29, 2012, 9:21 pm

    I have been unable to find any where appropriate on this web site to place this comment so I find this location be as good as any. I would like to start by saying I would be a prime candidate for medicinal marijuana. Eighteen months ago I was in a severe motor vechile collision which left me with a severe break to C5,C6,C7 vertibraes. I have not been issued a medical marijuana card probably for only the simple fact that the doctors are trying “politically right ” options first for the simple fact that it is such a “grey ” area . I’m not on either side of the fence here, I can see both arguments when looked upon from a political stand point. The main objective in posting this is simple so that hopefully some one from the dispensary reads it so that they can realize when a faithful viewer of the show American weed, and some one realizing that some people do require medicinal marijuana, and when I would like to see them to stand a fair chance in this battle, then why for gods sakes would you have a person like Alex be one of the people the world views as a medical marijuana spokes person ? To be quite honest seeing his reactions , comments , and attitude it makes me understand why people don’t want it in there community. He makes the world judge medicinal marijuana in a negative light when you see his comments made on the show. He should be kept out of the public eye if there ever gonna stand a chance at success. Have people representing medicinal marijuana the way it should be. Sensibly and respectfully. The last episodes comments ” I’m a medical marijuana patient and I’m normal” and then watching the rest of the episode it speaks for it self! Need I say more