Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars Stars to Appear on The Dylan Ratigan Show and The Soup Tonight

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MSNBC and E! will explore the medical marijuana movement tonight when Steve DeAngelo, Harborside Health Center’s executive director, and Andrew DeAngelo, Harborside’s general manager, appear on “The Dylan Ratigan Show” on MSNBC at 4 pm ET/PT and “The Soup” on E! at 10 pm ET/PT tonight, Wednesday, November 30, 2011 (check local listings).

Steve DeAngelo and Andrew DeAngelo

Steve DeAngelo (left) and Andrew DeAngelo (right) of Harborside Health Center, stars of Weed Wars.

Move over, catty housewives and dusty treasure hunters—reality TV is blazing new territory with the highly anticipated launch of Discovery Channel's "Weed Wars," premiering tomorrow night at 10 pm. “Weed Wars” focuses on the nation’s largest dispensary of medical cannabis, Harborside Health Center, located in Oakland, California.

To prep audiences for what’s in store for them, Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Center and Andrew DeAngelo, Harborside’s General Manager, will appear today on “The Dylan Ratigan Show” on MSNBC at 4 pm ET/PT and “The Soup” on E! at 10 pm ET/PT tonight—check local listings.

Discovery Channel’s “Weed Wars” focuses on Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the nation’s largest medical cannabis dispensary—serving over 94,000 patients—and the leadership behind Harborside: activist, founder and Executive Director Steve DeAngelo. DeAngelo’s lifelong mission has been to bring the truth about the cannabis plant to the American public.

Shot over the course of half a year, "Weed Wars" chronicles the daily dealings of the DeAngelos and other employees who run Harborside, the gold standard model of American medical marijuana dispensaries. At locations in Oakland and San Jose, member-patients can purchase their "medicine" safely and legally—at least as far as California voters are concerned.

The series takes viewers on an up-close-and-personal exploration of the hot-button issue of medical cannabis, following the DeAngelo family and Harborside’s staff as they fearlessly wrestle with the complex issues they face every day. The series accurately captures the real-life drama and high stakes of the business as federal agencies make increasingly harsher threats and IRS audits attempt to shut down the Oakland cannabis dispensary.

In addition to focusing on Steve DeAngelo, his family and the staff, “Weed Wars” follows the journey of the plant itself from seed germination to harvesting. Audiences will meet the growers and “patient farmers” whose job it is to provide the “medicine” that will be eventually purchased and used by thousands of patients, many of whom feel their lives have been forever changed by the plant.

The Soup” is an E! Entertainment Television weekly series that focuses on recaps of various pop culture and television show moments of the week. The show is hosted by comedian Joel McHale, who provides sarcastic and biting commentary on the various clips.

The Dylan Ratigan Show” on MSNBC is alive with debate and discussion relating to politics and the economy. Ratigan bring viewers news, analysis and opinions not found anywhere else.

Steve and Andrew will also appear tonight on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News tonight at 8 pm PT/ET. Bill O'Reilly is known for hosting a rigidly enforced "No Spin Zone" in a straightforward and provocative manner. He invites guests with opposing viewpoints to comment on current day news and issues.

About Harborside Health Center:
Founded by national cannabis leader Steve DeAngelo in 2005, Harborside Health Center is the nation’s largest not-for-profit model medical cannabis dispensary. The Oakland medical cannabis collective offers its 94,000 registered patients free holistic health services, lab-tested medicine and education.

“Out of the shadows and in to the light” epitomizes DeAngelo’s mission to enlighten the public on the many medicinal and therapeutic benefits of the plant. DeAngelo is recognized as a national leader and strategist of the cannabis reform movement. He speaks and writes widely on the subject. DeAngelo will be featured in “Weed Wars” on The Discovery Channel this fall.

For more information on Harborside Health Center, call (510) 533-0146 or visit harborsidehealthcenter.com.

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