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Ex-EastEnders star James Alexandrou was caught smoking cannabis by the tabloids when he left the soap. Now he wants to find out the truth about the most popular illegal drug in Britain, see the lengths people will go to get it and discover exactly where it comes from.

In the first of two programmes, James looks at the effects of the drug on the streets of Britain, meeting a 17-year-old who smokes weed with his parents and a mum-of-three who uses cannabis to keep her emotions in check. He meets people who are growing cannabis illegally for themselves and goes out on patrol with a police drug squad as they clamp down on large-scale cannabis growers. He also travels to California, the first state in America to license cannabis for medicinal use.

Part of the Dangerous Pleasures season on BBC3.

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Music Played

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  • JAMES'S CANNABIS PHOTO DIARY

    JAMES'S CANNABIS PHOTO DIARY

    Producer Andrew Parkin on the left at the wheel , Assistant Producer Andy Mosse on the Right. On the hunt for medicinal cannabis in San Francisco.

  • STAYING ON TOP OF IT

    STAYING ON TOP OF IT

    In San Francisco and my cameraman/assistant producer Andy throws a hissy fit, he climbed on top of the car and refused to move until we agreed to take him to the Golden Gate bridge...

  • CAMERA MOUNTING

    CAMERA MOUNTING

    After some tense moments we agreed that if he mounts a camera on top of the car to get some hip "BBC3" type footage we would take him to see Alan Carr up by the bridge.

  • GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

    GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

    My crappy photography doesn’t do it justice - but it really is a very nice bridge...

  • ADMIRING THE VIEW

    ADMIRING THE VIEW

    Andy, Alan Carr and the Nolan Sisters enjoy the scenery.

  • ONLY IN THE US

    ONLY IN THE US

    There was no good reason for me to take this picture, nor feature it here. This man isn’t in the documentary, he was just walking around in his dungarees and straw hat, like that’s ok - really wish I had enough time to get to know him.

  • MY FIRST GROW VISIT

    MY FIRST GROW VISIT

    According to the grower of these plants in California (where it is perfectly legal) this is a "Small" grow. This picture shows about a third of the plants in the room.

  • MUG

    MUG

    What a West Country mug.

  • BACK OF POLICE VAN

    BACK OF POLICE VAN

    Ah, the dream team. Ready to spring into action at anytime. First time I’ve ever been in the back of a police van. Don’t be fooled by my director Andrew's (on the left) laid back, drooling, glazed eyed look - he's a documentary making animal.

  • TEAM CANNABIS AT THE READY

    TEAM CANNABIS AT THE READY

    That’s more like it. Crew at the ready: Andrew Parkin on the left, Andy Mosse on the right. director and cameraman/assistant producer respectively.

  • AVON AND SOMERSET CONSTABULARY'S FINEST

    AVON AND SOMERSET CONSTABULARY'S FINEST

    Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s finest. These guys are the frontline of Police effort to bust large scale cannabis factories and we were embedded with them during one of their largest operations…it even had a code name: Viscount.

  • PROF NUTT HEADQUARTERS

    PROF NUTT HEADQUARTERS

    Waiting to meet the infamous Professor David Nutt - turns out he’s a very interesting and eloquent man.

  • SAT NAV DEAD END?

    SAT NAV DEAD END?

    Happy coincidence - driving around trying to find our way to an interview, we pulled over into this appropriately named cul de sac.

  • BANKSY

    BANKSY

    In Bristol in the freezing cold, getting some shots of me looking serious when I saw this.Somebody's done a drawing. I like it. Bye

  • BBC Three Blog: James Alexandrou on filming Cannabis: What's The Harm?

    BBC Three Blog: James Alexandrou on filming Cannabis: What's The Harm?

    James Alexandrou talks about his experinece of filming the programme and the issues surrounding it.

    Go to the BBC Three Blog website
  • BBC Three Dangerous Pleasures Season

    BBC Three Dangerous Pleasures Season

    This programme is a part of the Dangerous Pleasures season. The season follows young people's pursuit of pleasure and isn't afraid to show the darker side of tackling challenging subjects head on.

    Visit the BBC Three Dangerous Pleasures website

Credits

Presenter
James Alexandrou
Executive Producer
Robi Dutta

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