“The Hill Witches of Nevada County”: A Journal of Healing

I first met Steve Giardina in 2015, when the longtime local bought the Cirino’s restaurant building on Broad Street in Nevada City and turned it into a swank cocktail lounge.

The Golden Era has become a premier local destination for handcrafted cocktails, regional wines, award-winning local craft beers — and an imaginative small plate menu. I admired Steve for his entrepreneurial spirit, and his passion for the town.

In 2017, Steve was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After surgery and chemotherapy, he went into remission. Eight months later Steve’s cancer metastasized, and he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was told that additional surgery wasn’t an option.

Steve started to look for ways to ease the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy, and he discovered a medical approach that included medical cannabis.

“The Hill Witches of Nevada County” is a planned documentary that will tell Steve’s compelling story. It seeks to explore the emotional roller coaster of cancer; Steve’s evolution from abstaining from to embracing medical cannabis; and the guidance he and his doctor have received from Wade Laughter, a specialist in cannabis cultivation.

Steve’s story is highlighted with information of what science knows about cannabis; the “reefer madness” misinformation that permeates our culture; and the stories of other patients who have benefited from the use of medical cannabis to help with ailments including childhood epilepsy, glaucoma, and fibromyalgia. 

Steve shares his story in this short video. He is raising funds to produce a 60- to 80-minute feature length documentary. For more information visit 95959productions.com and contact him here: https://95959productions.com/contact-us

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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