This January, New York became the 23rd state to legalize the use of prescription cannabis. For this video, TIME went inside one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries, Vireo Health, which has one of the state’s five licenses to grow and sell medical cannabis.
Unlike other states that have passed medical marijuana legislation, New York prohibits marijuana for smoking. Instead, it allows the drug to be sold in liquid or in oil form, for use in vaporizers, or in capsules that can be taken orally. The program is only for patients with very serious or terminal illnesses, including cancer, HIV or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson’s disease. New York is also limiting the number of dispensaries to 20–far fewer than the hundreds in states such as California and Colorado.
Critics say that the small number of dispensaries will restrict patient access to the drug and that New York has gone too far in limiting the types of patients allowed in the program, while state officials say the more restrictive approach will ensure that it remains a medical, and not commercial, market.
I co-produced this story with Juanita Ceballos for Time.com
Just for fun using footage from all over my multiple hard drives.
I am proud to have been part of this important program at Columbia Journalism School aimed at preparing journalists to think critically about how to work effectively and safely in volatile situations such as war/conflict or disaster zones, with emphasis on prevention of harm.
I co-edited this video with my colleague Abbey Adkison (who shot it) for an amazing organization called Junket, a mentoring group for youth involved in the foster care system created to assist them as they transition into independent living.
Shot this quick clip of the #YaMeCanse protest in New York. The protest was in solidarity of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa. That night in Mexico City tens of thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets in one of the largest shows to date of public indignation over government corruption and the disappearance of 43 college students from the southern city of Iguala. (It was published in Coleen Jose's article for Mic.com)
I recently shot and edited this interview with RISC founder & director Sebastian Junger. Here he talks about the organization's upcoming photo auction & benefit. RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues) is a nonprofit that provides free first aid training to freelance journalists working in dangerous and remote areas.
My production partner Juanita Ceballos and I, shot and edited this short video with photographer Donna DeCesare, winner of the 2013 Cabot award. The Cabot Prizes honor journalists who have covered the Western Hemisphere and furthered inter-American understanding through their reporting and editorial work. Founded in 1938, they are the oldest international journalism awards.
This was a class exercise we shot during grad school starring Juanita Ceballos.
Short video of the Iranian Green Movement protests in New York.