At NATPE 2014, Frank Radice spoke to the Hippie Hemptress and Doctor Ganja about their program, “The Pot Show” – a family variety show based in Aspen, CO. They discuss their goal of removing the stigma attached to marijuana use, as well as the difficulties encountered when working in the marijuana industry. This interview is part of Red Touch Media‘s interview series, The Future of Content.
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Frank: Hi this is Frank Radice, Red Touch Media with our continuing series on the Future of Content and we’ve got the Hippie Hemptress and Doctor who have The Pot Show. Tell me a little bit about The Pot Show.
Hippie Hemptress: Well, The Pot Show is a family variety show. We’re on TV in Aspen, Colorado, grassrootstv.org. And we’re trying to erase the stigma that the last 80 years of prohibition has created by showing us and previewing our children as singers and magicians to show that this is a family show and nothing to be afraid of going in the future.
Doctor Ganja: Pot is medicine like any, or recreation like a drink or an Aspirin.
Frank: Well I have this conversation a lot with people. What we’re talking about is thirty some odd states now that have either decriminalized marijuana or that are looking at it, in the case of Colorado of course, in completely decriminalizing it and making it legal. What about the issue between the state’s rights and the federal government?
Hemptress: Well, the lawyer of 32 years a lawyer as Doctor Gonzo was Doctor Ganja can tell you. Because unfortunately the bar association of the state of Colorado has forbidden pot business to hire attorneys and get proper. This just came down last week. It kind of threw us all for a loop. So I’m going to have my attorney Doctor Ganja tell you what the status of the federal government’s involvement in this is.
Ganja: Well the Colorado bar has in their wisdom, now that it is legal said that they can no longer counsel businesses for their leases, for just normal business entity things because it’s against federal law. I believe that will change when they’re coming up to comments to actually change this directive.
Hemptress: And allow bank accounts as well to put all of the hundreds and hundreds of thousands, billions of dollars that will be subject to a 35% tax.
Frank: Isn’t that basically one of the reasons why a state wouldn’t want to decriminalize? Because of the tax money that they can create from it?
Ganja: Absolutely. And Colorado was a very smart campaign to get it through because they hooked the spend of the taxes that would be raised into funding the schools. So you’ve got people that ordinarily might not be for total legalized pot to support it because the money would go to their schools.
Hemptress: And John Walsh the Attorney General of the state of Colorado has made it clear, sorry, the US Attorney has made it clear that we must have a robust set of rules to follow in order to really validate what has now happened.
Ganja: To keep the fed’s hands off, the Attorney General Eric Holder gave a list of things like no organized crime, keep the guns out…
Hemptress: Not near schools and daycare centers.
Ganja: Keep it within the state. And you know, Colorado is following this directive to get a hands-off from the federal government.
Hemptress: And also, as just having watched the creator of Boardwalk Empire, a series that is taking the prohibition of alcohol through the period of time, it’s fascinating for me to now watch this unfold as Joe Kennedy perhaps legalized from being a bootlegger to legitimate. I’m watching my local guys who were smugglers 10 and 20 years ago legitimizing into real businesses, creating brands.
Frank: The dialogue has come a long way, there’s no doubt about that. Even Obama is talking about it right now. What kind of impact do you think that’s going to have?
Ganja: I think it’s a tremendous impact but I don’t know if that will move a lot of opinion. Because I think those that like Obama would be towards this legalization mindset anyway. And those that don’t like Obama, you know, anything that he’s done…
Hemptress: But I think it’s important to say that it’s a bipartisan issue.
Frank: But it seems to me that this is such a polarizing issue. I mean, it’s, my wife had chemotherapy recently – could not eat and was prescribed a canabinal, so in a pill form so that she could eat. She wouldn’t take it. Now, I being a child of the 60s tried to get her to take it because I, of course, knew exactly what it would do. It would make her eat which…
Hemptress: Well, with chemotherapy, very often the Taxol creates blisters and so you’re unable to eat even if you wanted to. There are actual little candies and sublinguals that will moisten your mouth to allow the ability to eat. In fact, in Israel they’re taking older people in old age homes off of feeding tubes with this drug, and making them happy. So I see that coming here. We have stoner lifestyle village coming in Stoner, Colorado. A gentleman who would like to create that kind of environment for our elderly people.
Frank: Lets talk a bit about, I’m going to talk about this, because we’re at a television convention. So tell me about The Pot Show. Tell me about the show.
Ganja: So, the show was the creation of my wife, Hippie Hemptress, and I’m the sidekick Doctor Ganja and it’s to show a throwback to shows from my youth which were family variety shows and showing that take the stigma away. That this is something to enjoy like anything else.
Hemptress: With interviews, with the people that are the groundbreakers here, the doctors that have been writing the prescriptions on the front lines before, you know, when their licenses were at stake, the new brands that are being created, the vapor pens and the sublinguals and the seizure medications that they’re all being branded.
Ganja: And so does the candies.
Hemptress: And to watch these brands evolve, and these entrepreneurs growing, excuse the pun. Primarily, and of course we do editorials.
Ganja: I do some editorials about politics and about the direction of the pot business and the pot issues and law, and we do together, some comedy. Because, you know, there’s plenty of things that can come up in this area.
Hemptress: Yeah, we do Hempful Hints, we do Stoner Fashions.
Ganja: Cooking with Cannabis.
Hemptress: Yes, we have Cooking with Cannabis. It’s evolving.
Ganja: And something new every week.
Hemptress: But I think my favorite are your political editorials because recently we did nominate Doctor Meckelum who was the one who was able to break the Cannabis genome to actually create these medicines for children in the future that will have no THC, or little. We think he’s still alive working in his lab in Israel at Hebrew University. Now he should be nominated for the Nobel Prize in medicine and win it while he’s alive, not when he’s dead because the future of medicine, unless you’re into big pharma and into synthetic meds, this is the future. So we feel that we’re doing a public service.
Frank: Well thank you very much for joining us. This is the Hippie Hemptress, Doctor Ganja, the show is called The Pot Show. This is Frank Radice for Red Touch Media, see you next time.