By: Carly O'Keefe
Filmmaker Jed Riffe's ambition with "Waiting to Inhale" is to urge all 50 states pass laws to offer an alternative to current prescription pain treatment. "Waiting to Inhale' is the title of the film because most people outside of the 12 states that have passed these laws--people are waiting to use this drug," said Riffe.
In May, a bill that would have legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes failed in the Illinois Senate by a handful of votes. "We lost by eight votes. I feel this year is the tipping point, I think this will be our year," said Walker. "If Illinois and New York go, then the rest of the states will fall like dominoes, and the federal government will have to allow it to be used as medicine," said Riffe.