Weed Country

 
Drug series focuses on conflict between growers and police.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The legal, medical, and moral arguments regarding the medical marijuana trade in California and Oregon are discussed.

Positive role models

Cannabis cultivation is a way of life for many of the growers and dealers, who characterize what they do as meeting the needs of the sick, but they all want to make a profit. Law enforcement views itself as fighting the drug war, and the careers of featured officials revolve around the industry.

Violence

Both farmers and law enforcement carry guns. Raids, which involve destroying cannabis crops and arresting people, are shown. References are made to disputes that escalated to violence and raids where where people were shot at.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Words such as "damn" are audible; "f--k" is bleeped.

Consumerism

Ford and GMC trucks are sometimes visible, but the logos aren't prominently displayed.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The show focuses on the buying, selling, and use of cannabis. Cannabis plants, buds, and leaves are visible. Most of these are shown in the context of the trade, but occasionally people are shown rolling, lighting, and smoking joints for pleasure.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Weed Country is all about marijuana. The show follows people in the medical marijuana trade living along the California-Oregon border and the law-enforcement officials trying to close them down. Adults are shown handling marijuana plants and smoking pot. Guns and rifles are visible, raids are discussed, and language can get pretty salty.

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What's the story?

WEED COUNTRY is a reality documentary that follows people working in the California medical marijuana trade and the law-enforcement teams committed to taking them down. Set in the area of Northern California and Oregon known as the "The Emerald Triangle," it features cannabis growers such as Mike and Tawni Boutin and Nate Morris, who are developing and growing plants to be cultivated and sold for medical use. Many of them sell to distributors such as Matt Shotwell, who are legally licensed to sell marijuana under California law to people with a medical need. But making a living from the medical marijuana trade isn't easy, especially when law enforcement, headed by people such as Sheriff Jon E. Lopy and Lt. Matt Thompson, shuts down dispensaries and eradicates cannabis plants, as the federal government classifies the trade as illegal.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Weed Country underscores the tension between the medical marijuana industry, which is legal in California, and the federal laws that dictate the growing, selling, and use of marijuana is illegal. Growers and dealers discuss the various uses for cannabis, including treatment for nausea, pain, and seizures. Meanwhile, law enforcement, who link the trade to the overall drug trade in America, show some of the tactics they use to stop distribution.

Despite the strong moral arguments regarding marijuana's medical use, Weed Country clearly shows how the industry is profit-driven. It also highlights how endless suspicion and violence have become part of the culture, due to farmers' fears of being raided and arrested. Viewers who strongly support legalizing marijuana may find their beliefs reinforced, but those who don't probably will come away with mixed feelings.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why people get involved in illegal businesses. Are the people growing and dealing marijuana here primarily motivated by the medicinal aspect? Or are they mainly in it for profit?

  • Do you think this show accurately portrays what working in the cannabis trade in the United States is really like? Are there any consequences of growing, selling, and smoking marijuana that aren't discussed here?  

TV details

Cast:Matt Shotwell, Mike Boutin, Nate Morris
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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