"Discovery Channel is set to announce a potentially controversial new series: A docu-soap reality show set in the country’s largest medical marijuana distributorship and starring a pot reform activist," writes our friend James Hibberd at EM.com’s Inside TV blog.
The article says the series will be called "Weed Wars," and "follows Steve DeAngelo, the owner of Oakland Harborside Health Center [in Oakland, Calif.], which serves 80,000 clients. According to the network, DeAngelo strives to provide patients with the highest-quality product and uses his business to promote the national regulation and taxation of cannabis."
In California voters approved an initiative in 1996 "that exempted certain patients and their primary caregivers from criminal liability under state law for the possession and cultivation of marijuana," according to the website of the Attorney General of California.
In Hibberd’s article he also quotes Nancy Daniels, executive vp at Discovery Channel: “From the inner workings of the business to Steve’s distinctive leadership style, ‘Weed Wars’ is a fascinating glimpse into this highly unique setting. Like ‘Gold Rush’ or ‘Deadliest Catch,’ these are guys pursuing their own version of the American Dream.”
Hibberd ends his article with this line: "It’s sort of like ‘Cake Boss’ with pot … or not."