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'Weed Wars' Looks Inside the Business of Medical Marijuana With a Colorful Cast of Card-Carrying Characters

by Maggie Furlong, posted Dec 1st 2011 6:00PM
Steve and Andrew DeAngelo, 'Weed Wars'The war on weed just got a lot more colorful.

Despite your own personal feelings about medical marijuana use and the fight to legalize the drug, the folks at Oakland's Harborside Health Center, the largest dispensary on the West Coast (and the largest retailer of cannabis on the entire planet, according to the owners), are opening their doors to show the other side of the story.

Steve DeAngelo, the founder and executive director of Harborside, and his brother Andrew, the general manager, are bringing weed to reality TV with Discovery Channel's new four-part series 'Weed Wars' (premieres Thurs., Dec. 1, 10PM ET).

They're not in the business of dealing a drug -- they provide a variety of wellness treatments and services to their card-carrying clients, as well as a assortment of cannabis-laced products, including edible treats and desserts, lotions, teas, topicals and, of course, a wide range of smokable product as well.

I caught up with the DeAngelos to talk about the issues, the fear that comes with running a business like this and the eclectic characters -- staff and clients alike -- that we'll see on the show, which makes the series reminiscent of a workplace sitcom of sorts.

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Discovery Greenlights 'Weed Wars'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 1:00PM
MarijuanaFirst the Catholic Church, and now marijuana -- Discovery sure is taking its new programming slate in some interesting directions. The network has announced 'Weed Wars,' a new reality show about a medical marijuana dispensary.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the show follows Steve DeAngelo, a pot reform activist and owner of Oakland's Harborside Health Center. The center serves 80,000 clients.

"'Weed Wars' fearlessly pulls back the curtain on a once illegal and still controversial world," Nancy Daniels, executive vice president at Discovery Channel, told EW. "Like 'Gold Rush' or 'Deadliest Catch,' these are guys pursuing their own version of the American Dream."

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