The use of medical marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) have been adopted in many countries to alleviate the conditions of patients in pain. The active ingredient of CBD can help control many conditions including seizures in cases of rare epilepsy, symptoms of multiple sclerosis, and nausea and vomiting in cancer patients.
Many countries have recognized the value of this treatment including Canada, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Israel, among others. However, in Brazil, medical marijuana was banned up to 2015. Patients who needed medical marijuana had to resort to it illegally if they wanted access to its benefits.
Consequently, the PDR Institute supports the legalization of medical marijuana. The institution supported the production of the documentary “Illegal” and a campaign to report the challenges experienced by mothers and children with rare cases of epilepsy, to create awareness of the problem and explore new ways to change drug policy in the country.
Synopsis: The film tells the story of Katiele Fischer, 33 years old, and Anny Bortoli Fischer, five years old. Anny was diagnosed with CDKL5 syndrome, a rare condition that causes severe epilepsy and has no cure. In the battle to help her daughter and reduce her pain, Katiele found a treatment to help: CBD, derived from marijuana. The film explores her struggle as she faces whether to bring marijuana into Brazil illegally, as medical marijuana is banned from the country.