From 'Blair Witch' to Pot Peddler

In 1999 Upper Darby, PA native/actress Heather Donahue and her "Blair Witch Project" co-stars made moviegoers nauseous with their shaky camera-work.

But by 2007 Donahue was controlling nausea for medical marijuana patients in California, where she was growing weed.

Donahue, who'll be 37 next week, documents her year spent cultivating marijuana in "GrowGirl," out Jan. 5 from Gotham Penguin Publishing.

She received her own prescription for medical marijuana in 2007 to treat PMS. We asked whether that meant she smoked only one week a month, and she replied, "It's a very flexible medicine."

And you might be happy to know that her PMS is now under control.

She got involved in medical marijuana after getting frustrated with her acting career.

"I took all my stuff into the desert related to my acting career and burned it all," she said.

Even the blue ski cap from the "Blair Witch Project" poster?

"That's the only thing I kept. I figured if things got really bad, I could always sell it on eBay," said Donahue, who recently attended her Upper Darby High School 20-year reunion.

Her new career started after Donahue met a man who had lived in "Nuggettown," a Northern California community where growing weed was common. Donahue "was always an avid gardener," so she took right to it.

"I became a solitary country girl," said Donahue, who lived in Los Angeles for years after graduating from the University of the Arts in 2005. She gave up cultivating pot once she decided to write about her experiences, which included her doubts about continuing after her friend got busted by the feds on the day of her first pruning.

She said her indoor-grown product was high-grade, a necessity in the competitive world of medical marijuana.

"I think you're going to see [medical marijuana] on a lot of ballots over the next few years," she predicted. Sixteen states, including New Jersey -- where no dispensaries have yet opened -- have laws allowing medical pot.

"There has been enough support for medical use if not outright legalization that I don't think it will go away," she said.

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