Marijuana Legalisation Explored In New ITV Series

ITV has commissioned betty to make Gone to Pot? (W/T) a new three part observational documentary series exploring the legalisation of marijuana.

A group of well known personalities, each with a desire to find out more about medicinal marijuana, will go on a road trip to explore the pros and cons of legalisation. The series will see them meet people who have experienced the medical benefits and downsides of marijuana.

Marijuana has been reported to ease symptoms of arthritis, epilepsy, Multiple sclerosis and several other conditions. However, it remains the most commonly used and trafficked illicit drug in the world, and evidence suggests that frequent and prolonged use can be detrimental to both mental and physical health.

The UK's All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform has recommended the legalised and regulated use of cannabis-related products for sufferers of a range of conditions. And Oxford University recently announced a new £10 million study on the medical benefits of marijuana.

In the US, medical cannabis is already authorised for use in 28 states and in Europe 13 countries have introduced medical cannabis legalisation.

The 3 x 60 series was commissioned by ITV’s Head of Factual Entertainment, Sue Murphy, and Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, Kate Teckman. It is executive produced by Ceri Jones for betty.

Kate Teckman, Commissioning Editor, ITV, said: "ITV prides itself on tackling issues that get the great British public talking. This group of well-loved personalities will each have a very personal reason for undertaking this journey – it will be a road trip like no other."

Neil Smith, joint MD, betty, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing the betty brand of popular factual to the ITV audience - and to a national conversation around the legalisation of cannabis for medical use. The show will feature a group of familiar faces as they meet those who have experienced it first hand, lifting the lid on some very personal stories along the way and providing a balanced look at the pros and cons."