PLYMOUTH —Fresh from the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival, the documentary “Unprescribed” was screened for a small audience made up primarily of medical professionals, veterans and veterans’ advocates at the Plymouth Community Center on Friday.
Presented by Plymouth Meeting-based Ilera Healthcare, the film offered riveting and often heart-wrenching interviews with veterans who candidly talked about their toxic arsenals of drugs prescribed by military doctors, and how cannabis ultimately saved their lives.
Whatever their backgrounds were, they were all on the frontlines of a battle being waged for an intelligent federal policy on the use of medical marijuana.
In his first feature-length motion picture, producer, director, and military veteran Steve Ellmore, who joined a panel of guests for a discussion with the audience following the screening, presented stories from fellow veterans, spouses, and family members on coping with war-torn injuries, addictions to pain killers and some harrowing, tragic losses due to suicide.
Opening the film was Ellmore’s interview with Marine Corps veteran Joshua Frey, whose recollections were peppered with combat footage of his time as a soldier in Iraq.
Like all of the veterans featured in the film, Frey is adamant about the dangers of the drugs doctor were prescribing for him until he sought natural healing from cannabis.
“Without medical marijuana I couldn’t get up here and speak, I couldn’t go to the grocery store. I couldn’t do any of that,” he said. “To have them tell you you’re doing something bad because it’s illegal, it was voted on by guys that are probably dead now. We need to stop the madness. We need to get this stuff on the books. It could help a lot of vets.”
Frey was wounded twice in 2004, once by a grenade, and later by a shot to his