Healthy Acadia to present The Other Side of Cannabis
January 27, 2016

Healthy Acadia will be showing the award-winning independent documentary, The Other Side of Cannabis, followed by community conversations at local venues throughout Hancock County. The Other Side of Cannabis (OSC) was awarded Best Feature Documentary at the Sunset Los Angeles Film Festival in 2015 and was also shown at other independent festivals worldwide.

On February 15th, showings will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Blue Hill Public Library and from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Island Community Center in Stonington. On February 16th, the film will be shown at Dorcas Library in Prospect Harbor from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and at the Bucksport Regional Health Center from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. On February 17th, the Southwest Harbor Public Library will host the documentary from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The next showing will be at the Ellsworth Public Library on February 25th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The final scheduled showing is April 12th at Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor and will be from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

This film is neither about legalization nor the medicinal value of marijuana. Regardless of one’s views about marijuana, the aim of this documentary is to educate people in our community about the health risks associated with recreational marijuana use, so they can make informed decisions that may influence their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, forever.

The Other Side of Cannabis explains how many young people today believe the marijuana they are using is medicinal. They are unaware of the dangerously high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), addiction rates, the potential for mental illness - ranging from depression to anxiety and even psychosis - as well as the physical effects that include lung issues, heart, cognitive and other brain effects.

For more information about the film, please visit For more information about local showings, or to schedule a showing for your community, school or organization, contact Tara Young at 667-7171 or

Healthy Acadia is a community health coalition, dedicated to building vibrant communities and making it easier for all people to lead healthy lives throughout Maine’s Hancock and Washington counties. Healthy Acadia creates lasting improvements to the health of communities by connecting individuals with health supports, building partnerships, coordinating education and prevention services, and improving policies and environments. For more information, visit