In France, weed dealers can be found anywhere, but are never heard from. The trade is as ubiquitous as it is fiercely prosecuted: France is one of Europe’s biggest consumers of the drug, yet possession and sale can be punished by ten years in prison and a €7.5 (USD$8.8) million fine. For dealers, discreetness is key.
Cannabiz sets out to explore this black market, with all its risks and hypocrisies. The animated documentary series, which is in development, is built around rare interviews with small-scale dealers in the country, who explain how they came to sell cannabis and how they go about it.
Following the project’s presentation at this week’s Cartoon Forum, we are exclusively premiering the pilot. It focuses on Nina, who sells to affluent communities on the Mediterranean coast: