Colorado International Cannabis & Hemp Film Festival (CICHFF)

Updated September 2017  Submissions to the CICHFF begin September 15, 2017. According to the June 2017 Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry report, almost 84,000 Coloradans have an active Medical Marijuana registration and 651 physicians have recommended Medical Marijuana for one or more patients on the registry. The average age of the men is 43 and the average age of the women is 47.

Colorado International Cannabis & Hemp Film Festival
Colorado International Cannabis & Hemp Film Festival

Cannabis is simply the scientific name given to the Marijuana plant. In 1936, the film Reefer Madness was released. Conceived originally as a morality tale to warn parents against the alleged dangers of cannabis, it was recut into an exploitation film, a lurid melodrama about a group of dope-smoking teens who descend into a hell of murder, suicide and madness brought on, allegedly, by the infernal herb. Check out these alarmist posters.

“Humans have cultivated and consumed the flowering tops of the female cannabis plant since virtually the beginning of recorded history.” NORML. For help submitting your media to the festival, contact organizer and Fahrenheit 42.0 filmmaker Deuvall Dorsey (702) 205-6500, Redefine Cannabis.

In recent years, scientific studies have demonstrated the health benefits of Cannabis and certain chemicals contained within the plant, namely THC and CBD (cannabidiol). Unfortunately, for many people who might benefit from using the plant, “marihuana” is still classified under Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act  along with dangerous and/or addictive man-made chemical concoctions like Ecstasy and LSD. This means, in many towns across America – unbelievably in this modern day – it is still illegal “to use, possess, or distribute” this innocent, innocuous little plant.

The FDA has approved specific cannabinoids for the treatment of side effects of cancer. Therefore, the chemical extracts CBD & THC would be considered legal, so long as they were obtained legally through approved distributors. With the federal government agreeing with researchers and patients that there are, in fact, many medicinal benefits for cancer patients, one has to wonder when the use of Cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes will become common across all fifty states.

CICHFF Laurel
CICHFF Laurel

It’s just a plant, created 100% by God Almighty! Yeah, I said that. The 1st Amendment: Congress shall make NO LAW respecting your establishment of religion! Do Americans really need the Feds to monitor every single atom and molecule we put in our mouths?

Well … if so, don’t you think it’s about time we monitor Tomatoes, Squash, and Oregano?

“Oh look…I found a Squash seed under your couch! You’re coming to jail with me, my fellow American!” Check out An Offer You Can’t Refuse: How US Federal Prosecutors Force Drug Defendants to Plead Guilty, report.

Is Cannabis dangerous? Well…let’s see. Between 150 and 200 Americans die each year from complications related to food allergies. Moreover, allergic reactions to food resulted in approximately 317,000 visits to hospital emergency departments, outpatient clinics and physicians’ offices. In a typical year, nearly 100 American deaths are caused by bee stings.  In the first half 2016, there were 17,775 deaths on the road involving car accidents.

So….what about deaths from cannabis overdose? Since you really want to know, here’s an exhaustive list of everyone who’s died from overdose.

As you can readily comprehend, some Americans enjoy their constitutionally-protected right to access the multitude of medical and other benefits of the plant safely and lawfully in their private homes and lives; others are threatened with arrest, actually arrested, and thrown in jail for the mere alleged “crime” of easing the symptoms of their medical maladies with a ubiquitous, garden-variety plant. Moreover, as the result of overzealous “Civil Asset Forfeiture” practices, folks often have their cars, homes, cash and even children seized as part of these raids. It hardly seems fair for the “average citizen” to be treated so randomly based on where he or she happens to live on these most-glorious states of the union, which are protected (allegedly) by the Bill of Rights and Federal Constitution! How is this situation even possible? Your thoughts?

CICHFF proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit your film, music video, screenplay or photography with FilmFreeway.

Cannabinoids are the chemical substances contained within cannabis that can be extracted and isolated. Both THC and CBD are two chemicals considered to be cannabinoids. THC is the chemical that causes people to feel “high,” while CBD provides pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties without the “high.” When most people think about cannabis usage, they might picture people smoking the leaves of the plant, much like cigarette users smoke tobacco. However, there are a myriad ways to use cannabis safely besides smoking it. Some patients mix leaves into baked goods or make herbal teas and similar preparations; cannabinoids can also be ingested in the form of infusions, extracts, and pills. Since cannabinoids can be isolated, patients choose which form of cannabinoids is best for their specific medical condition.

To get an idea of the types of films we are hoping to showcase, you can browse the selections at Films for Action and Top Documentary Films. Submission topics include Decriminalization, Legalization, Interstate Commerce, Constitution, Law & Jurisprudence, Jury Nullification, Natural Healing, Cannabis Economics, Impact on Environment, Spirituality, Cryptocurrencies and Families.

Really, all perspectives on the legitimate uses of 100% “God”-Created Cannabis & Hemp are welcome. Here are some Rules & Guidelines.

CICHFF Organizer Deuvall Dorsey is Redefining Cannabis!
CICHFF Organizer Deuvall Dorsey is Redefining Cannabis!

The regulation and legality of “Marihuana” for medicinal purposes has been left up to each individual state and U.S. territory. Consequently, while many states and territories have passed legislation making the distribution and use of the plant legal for patients diagnosed with cancers and other medical conditions, other states and territories still arrest and jail innocent patients and recreational users.

In recent years, Americans have sought to legalize cannabis for recreational and medicinal purposes. Some states, such as Colorado, have legalized the plant for recreational use much like alcohol.

Cannabis-related Jobs are becoming a frequent activity for young people. Once people locate a job in the industry, they need to know how to properly apply for that position. Having knowledge about the Cannabis & Hemp businesses that are legally operating in 18 states is the first step. Knowing how to grow, how to sell, the laws pertaining to jobs, testing Cannabis and much more will help Americans have an advantage when they apply for these types of jobs.

 

 

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