Larry Smith, the Kilroy of South Dakota, marks his territory.
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Ride with Larry ****

Local filmmakers Andrew Rubin and Ricardo Villarreal's Ride with Larry, the enrichingly uplifting documentary profile of Larry Smith, a retired cop with Parkinson's who rode his bicycle across South Dakota to inspire others living with the disease, will play twice next month at the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.

La Paloma

471 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

The pair of afternoon screenings take place at 2 pm and 4:30 pm on Sunday, April 13. The second showing will be followed immediately by a panel discussion on current Parkinson's research and therapies, including the use of medical marijuana.


Ride with Larry trailer

Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis will moderate a panel that includes Jerry Henberger, Executive Director, Parkinson's Association of San Diego; Dr. Andres Bratt-Leal, lead scientist for Scripps Summit4StemCell Pilot Project; Sherrie Gould, MSN, NP-C, Scripps Clinic, Division of Neurology; and Dr. Bob Blake, medical marijuana examiner.


Interview with director Andrew Rubin

Tickets are $10, with proceeds from the event benefitting Parkinson's Association SD, Summit4StemCell, and Americans for Safe Access San Diego.

Last week, Andrew Rubin and I had a chance to sit down and talk about Larry and the event. It went something like this.

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shirleyberan April 1, 2014 @ 2:34 p.m.

Really nice interview. Tells a lot about sincere side of medical marijuana. Severe symptoms can be treated with it, even horrible anxiety. No reason to outlaw except to give prison time to any minority or poor for little reason. Compassion rules.


Scott Marks April 3, 2014 @ 5:57 a.m.

Thanks, Shirl. There is no greater plea for the legalization of marijuana than watching a Parkinson's patient come close to being treated like a criminal when trying to purchase his medicine. "Ride With Larry" is a film that has the potential to change lives. I hope you can see it when it screens on the 13th.


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