Crimes of Compassion
Crimes of Compassion takes an insider's look at the Vancouver Island Compassion Society (VICS) as it struggles to operate after being busted by the police. The VICS was established to provide affordable, medical-grade cannabis to people with degenerative illnesses throughout Vancouver Island, Canada. But all this changed when the storefront was raided by the police, its medicine confiscated. This dramatic story is fueled by the commitment and passion of the Society's operators, the anxiety and desperate need of its patients, the heated debate within the medical community, and the exasperation of the police as they attempt to enforce increasingly unenforceable laws. The film includes an inside look at a medical marijuana grow operation, and an interview with former Canadian Health Minister Alan Rock as part of an examination of the medical marijuana access regulations. One question remains: will compassion societies still play a role under the jurisdiction?