Artist Photographs Pediatric Medical Marijuana Patients to Raise Awareness


“Face of Cannabis” by Colorado-based artist and photographer Nichole Montanez is a touching and thought-provoking series of black-and-white images depicting children who have benefited from medical marijuana. Since launching the project over five years ago, Montanez has photographed 284 children and 11 adults, including five current NFL players and one former player, a senator, and two veterans. Beginning with about 80 images, “Face of Cannabis” now consists of 105 photographs — and counting.

The project started in 2013, inspired by Montanez’s niece Hailey (aka “Teapot”), who in 2008 was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy characterized by frequent, prolonged seizures as well as behavioral, developmental, and speech delays. After Teapot began to have seizures as an infant, Montanez became aware of Charlotte Figi, another Colorado-based youth with the same syndrome who was having success with CBD.

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