The purpose of the Documentary

What is the purpose of the documentary?

Easy. It’s meant to educate the masses on the subjects of industrial hemp and cannabis.

Too many far more intelligent people then I am have no real clue when it comes to cannabis education. And, worse, believe the lies they were told by others. I don’t blame them — at one time I trusted those liars too!

My idea is that by providing an education in a fun, non-threatening way, we can bring about a change of thinking and, I hope, gain more supporters to use hemp-based products and bring full legalization of cannabis to America.

In the film, we will discuss how many states have legalized hemp — focusing on the State of Wisconsin, where, just a few years ago, the law could not get a hearing passed…but is now being passed into law with bi-partisan support. We investigate this journey, going into details about how it all went down.

We will also show how far the idea of cannabis has come as a treatment for illnesses (from cancer to PTSD). Not long ago, this idea was dismissed out of hand. Now, more and more research is showing that cannabis is indeed a life saver. We’re going to focus on how cannabis continues to make a huge positive difference — from the very young to the very old — for the population in America.

We will also take a look at the billions being made on cannabis in the states where it is legal to grow and consume. This portion of the documentary will also look at the uses for cannabis how the legal states are putting their new taxes to use. This section will also take a look at my favorite subject: the new cannabis millionaires, and how cities like Bolder are changing.

We have a lot of interesting stories to tell. This project is going to be crazy fun! Stay tuned.

I am a bad bad man

Yesterday I committed a crime.

My crime was to post a statement on on Facebook (yes; the forum of understanding)  to respond to a post on issues getting cannabis in Wisconsin. I stated that we need to reach out to members of the GOP that can be educated on the benefits of medical cannabis to see how, by working together, we can get some type of medical cannabis passed in Wisconsin.

After all, industrial hemp passed both houses unanimously so I can only think that some members of the GOP have an understanding on cannabis now — or are at least open to learning more.

Well, I must have said something like I was going to burn houses down or drown kittens by the response I received. Mostly along the lines of “we” can never work with the GOP and to even think anyone could was 1000% evil, or worse.

I did not expect that. After all, I am told by those on the Left that they are willing to talk to and work with “anyone.” I am told that all the time. However, in practice, this seems to not be the case! Only those who are politically “pure” on all issues can be talked to — and, of course, since they are of pure/correct thought, no further education is needed.

Sadly, I had thought that after getting the industrial hemp law passed here perhaps Wisconsin was going to see others of all political types come together to see what we could do to move ahead on cannabis. I’m realizing now that this isn’t the case… Now, I’m thankful that we got industrial hemp passed at all!

Governor Walker is NOT going anywhere.Robin Vos, Speaker of the Assembly, leader of Wisconsin GOP, will be Governor after him. So unless other members of the GOP can be brought on board to show unity on the issue of cannabis, nothing will change since the Left here shows little (if any) interest in working with anyone who might not be “pure” of thought.

At least I know that, for the documentary, it will do me little good to reach out to that group for interviews or fact checking.

Very thankful that I will not have to.

And the Wheel Turns

The restart of planning The Great Hemp Tour has much to do with events that are helping this project go forward, both in my state and in my personal life.

First off…

Wisconsin Loves Hemp!

The State of Wisconsin passed into law industrial  hemp — allowing farmers in the Badger State to resume the growing of hemp after about 70 years of not being able to do so.

To think that two years ago the law could not even get a hearing, and now it passed in both Houses unanimously! The Governor signing this into law is incredible — showing me that something is going on in the area of cannabis and hemp not only in Wisconsin but other states as well.

These actions give me hope that we will see more in Wisconsin! That’s just great.

I Have a Team!

I am just one man, and no one man can do everything on his own. It is for this reason that I’ve gathered together — and am very fortunate to have — a super team.

In time, I will post their bios here so you have the opportunity to know them as I have come to know them. In the meantime, here’s a brief rundown:

  • Lauren Tharp  the hard-working editor of this blog and will be the copywriter for official documents coming out from The Great Hemp Tour.
  • Jason Love is the DP of the Great Hemp Tour.

I could not be doing the Tour without them.

Fantastic things are on the way. Stay tuned!

Representative Scott Krug Hemp Hero

In a return to action our first new Hemp  Hero is :

Representative Scott Krug

 

Elected to Assembly since 2010, Rep. Krug has been active in promoting agriculture of all types — so it should come as no shock to see Scott active in bring hemp to Wisconsin, and bringing it to the former glory this crop once was.

Rep. Krug kept me in the loop in regard to the pro-hemp efforts and answered my many questions on how the bill was going in the Wisconsin capitol.

In my opinion, it was due to Rep. Krug’s work educating others that this bill passed unanimously in both Houses. It’s pretty wild to think about when you remember that, just a few year ago, a similar bill could not even get a hearing.

Due to this great Wisconsin leader, Wisconsin farmers can once again grow hemp here for the first time in over 70 years!

I have had the honor of knowing Rep. Krug since 2010. We met on social media where we talked about farming and issues revolving around my trying to restore my home.

Rep. Krug understands the impact industrial hemp can have on the farmers of this great state far more than most. I look forward to his activity in allowing the processing of industrial hemp in this state into fiber, food, and fuel. These products will surely be used not only here in the Badger State, but the other states in the union, and perhaps even exported to markets already enjoying the fine agriculture we have to offer!

My great thanks to you, Sir, for your efforts! Let’s all raise a glass to our first Hemp Hero: Rep. Scott Krug!

On Wisconsin Forward!

So the great State of Wisconsin is back in the hemp farming business! WOW!

My thanks to Governor Walker and the lawmakers on both sides who made this happen!!

As I said on my Facebook live, I thought the Wisconsin Tavern League feared any type of hemp farming would lead first medical cannabis, then more expanded medical cannabis, then personal use (this would take 5 years or 10 years). The  Wisconsin Tavern League see hemp cutting into their profits and this cannot be allowed to happen. Many in Wisconsin feel that the lack of hard drunk driving laws is due to the money Wisconsin Tavern League spends on lobbying.

Wow, was I wrong!  And I’m so glad to be wrong.

The Wisconsin Bill to allow Industrial Hemp Farming passed both Houses unanimously! That’s right: unanimously! So even if Governor Walker tried to veto the bill, the backers knew he be overridden — but my understanding is the Governor had no intention of doing so. A very good thing!

It gets better: I understand that a group of investors maybe looking at restarting a paper mill using hemp grown in Wisconsin for paper products and are looking into doing something with hemp fiber.

Myself, I hope to be able to use hemp seeds from hemp grown in Wisconsin

Its been about 60 some years since this state grew hemp. It gives me a good feeling that we are starting to do so again. What a great day!

A Father should not have to bury a Child

 

As you know my youngest child died in late August, of an overdose of Heroin/other drugs.  I would not would wish this on ANYONE, I cant begin to describe the pain this causes, to know in real terms one  has no power to protect your child from the true evil Heroin/Meth are nor the scum that push it.

But the above is better suited for another day.

My Mom and Step Father being older in their 80’s is expected not your youngest in her 20’s. with two small kids of her own.

And yes I kinda lost it and finding out from others what her last few years and days were like brought every father’s nightmare home to roost on my Soul.

I should have gotten help from professionals trained in this area, I did not and that is on me and only due to the kindness of a few unexpected friends have I been able to see myself clear.

Hope this post helps to explain my lack of postings.

 

Wayne

 

Cannabis Crowdfunding Consulates

Cannabis Crowdfunding Consulates is my new business bringing to the cannabis startup world my team’s background in crowdfunding,  helping to insure you will be as successful as possible.

Whether you have a business just starting out making hemp shirts, or a bio-tech company looking to do state of the art research in cannabis, crowdfunding offers a lot of benefits to start up’s — far more then just revenue.

This is something that we at Cannabis Crowdfunding Consulates  understand and understand well.

The team has a wide range of experience from online marketing to video production.

We can, for a fee, do everything from help a start up understand what crowdfunding can and can’t do, to organizing your campaign, to helping you fulfill rewards, to encouraging continued engagement from backers.

We’re happy to talk a bit during an initial consultation at no charge. When you hire us, you will find our fees reasonable (and we understand the word “barter” if you have an interesting offer).

Pondering a new Twitter handle — and the website is in progress — but, for now, reach out at @Greathemptour.

Thanks!

Farewell Caitlin

My daughter Caitlin died due to a combo of heroin and meth last week.

She was addicted to heroin for a few years, this I knew; but I knew nothing about the meth…

I live far away from my children, and we’ve always been a family with secrets. My children were beat by at least one of my ex wife’s boyfriends. And, at 16, my son was kicked out of his family home and told to never come home.

It came as no shock that Caitlin, like her brother, had drug issues. Nor was it a shock that I was the last to know. Hell, I am only their father: why tell me? Family secrets… I understand. I grew up the same way. My own mother, who passed on in May, took many secrets to the grave — and taught my sisters and myself to do the same.

No one made Caitlin take drugs. She had a good education, and she saw first-hand what drugs did to her brother and some of her pals. She even saw my own fight with alcohol. I would have thought she’d have no interest in hard drugs. How wrong I was.

I know far better then to blame cannabis use as a “gateway” — that is simply not true. As angry as I am, I cannot blame cannabis use for what happened. In fact, I believe that if cannabis had been legal, she probably would have been a pot head, but she would still be alive today.

Reading both Dark Alliance and The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade (among other books) I cannot help but think: did the heroin that killed my daughter come from South Asia as a way to fund some secret war or project?

I have other questions too: from “why is heroin cheaper than other drugs?” to “why are so many young kids turning to a drug(s) that they know will, in time, kill them?”

I am VERY thankful that Caitlin’s ex husband got their two daughters out of their mother’s home. No child deserves living with a mother hooked on drugs.

I wish she had come to me with her secret. I wish I could have helped. But what’s done is done. At least my granddaughters are safe. It’s just a damn shame that hard drugs killed their mother.

Farewell, Caitlin. Rest in peace.

Where is the research on cannabis?

Great graphic, right? Though now’s not quite the time to talk more about Stoners VS. Zombies. Though I will get into that again sometime soon.

Right now, I want to talk about the research going into cannabis/hemp… or lack thereof.

I know from talks with… let’s call him Dr. W… that when a doctor has an exciting new idea about cannabis that could be key in issues of transparency, and provide basic information that consumers want to know, he’s hit with an obstacle: To conduct the needed research involved, he would have to move out of state. Or, alternatively, find an out-of-state lab he could trust to conduct said research and all the risks that would entail.

One would think that research being done by a man noted for his work in science would be able to receive a waiver from the DEA to conduct his experiments, but no such luck.

In my pal Dr. W’s case, we’re talking less than a few ounces of product, not a DC3 full of cannabis!

This is an upsetting turn of events, and has me worried about the future of available information and the state of ongoing research in the cannabis/hemp industry. How are doctors and scientists supposed to work under these conditions? And what will it mean, ultimately, for us: the consuming public?

In the meantime, we’ll just have to educate ourselves the best we can with what we’re provided. And keep an eye out for ways to move forward with legalization!

A funny thing happened…

For years I have been so broke it was almost a joke, living in a dying city. I’ve suffered strokes AND cancer, and it’s been damn hard. At times, my wife and I would wonder how we were going to maintain our home, or even just “get by.”

Life events have changed thanks to a small inheritance I acquired. It wasn’t a TON of money, but far more then I expected. For that, I am extremely grateful.

Having money to do more then just scrape by is not only letting me fix up my home, but allowing me to invest in all forms of hemp — be it industrial hemp (for food, fiber, and fuel) to cannabis (ranging from medical use to personal use).

As I wrote here previously, my mother and my step-father could have used cannabis for much-needed relief during their painful last days.

Imagine my surprise to find others who are interested in the endless possibilities in the hemp arena! From not only looking at the opportunities offered by the hemp itself, but taking an interest in assuring the safety in growing of our hemp, I’ve found wide support online.

I’ve been burned in the past, trying to work with others in the hemp world, but things are starting to look up. Even some of the “good ol’ boys” have been very willing to work with me. Some of them might be a bit crazy… but where the hell has being normal ever gotten anyone in the field of hemp, right?

In fact, if it was not for the “crazies” in the 1980s wanting to see the days of hemp as a viable crop in America return — and to see cannabis come out from under the bullshit demonetization of the ’50s — where would we be now? And, I’m sorry, but the “War on Drugs” was a war on US, the American people. We NEED “crazy” individuals to stand up and say “No thanks: We want our hemp!”

But let’s not dwell on the past. Let’s all look forward to the days to come. Personally, I’m looking forward to what use I can make of myself in the coming days — sort of like  Nehemiah seeking a way for God to remember him for good. I want all of YOU, my readers, to remember me as my best possible self, and the efforts I made in this great world of hemp and cannabis!

As a side note: You may have noticed that my favorite editor is back now that I can afford to pay her again. I believe that no one with skills should work for free, and I’m happy that she’s on board again so that you won’t go blind from reading my error-ridden posts!