We are setting a date and time to interview members of both the Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate for the documentary (shhh… we not going to tell you who quite yet!).
We are also planing to bring on a member of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture to talk about the subject of the rising of industrial hemp in Wisconsin after 60+ years of being illegal to grow in this state — crazy in itself right?
The interviews should take us a few days to get on tape and edited, but I feel this is so needed to help the public understand what the process is like, and the mindset of the political leadership getting the job done.
When I talk to others more than once, I find out that how laws get made, even at the state level, is not well understood. This needs to be more highlighted.
The legislators we will be talking to have unique issues they are dealing with, especially when compared to, say, some of the general public that is only looking at cannabis use.
The plan as of now is to visit one set in the AM then the other set in the PM. I was planning to get a talking head to do the interviews (due to my own slurred speech due to my stokes), but, after much thought, I’ve decided that the passion I bring to the interviews overcomes my speech issues! But, just to be on the safe side, we will use subtitles to be sure everyone can understand what is being said.
We are hoping to get this project rolling in late May 2018.
Let’s go over what I am thinking the documentary series will look like so you’ll have a better understanding of what all will go into this.
We are looking at doing a YouTube series versus DVD or Amazon Prime since my experience from my mob film* (which you can see on this page) was that very few people will pay to see content since there is so much content you can see for free. Even 99 cents is too much for many to pay these days!
On YouTube, you can monetize the shows for about the same rate as Prime. And yet, for whatever reason, many will not use Prime to view a show yet they will watch the same show on YouTube. No idea why! That’s just been my experience. (I’d love to get your ideas on why).
Anyway, if we look at what would have been a DVD with a run time of about 60 minutes as a “season,” this is what we have:
Return of Industrial Hemp to Wisconsin:
The history of industrial hemp in Wisconsin
The removal of hemp from Wisconsin agriculture
The Return of industrial hemp to Wisconsin
The Promise Medical Cannabis:
CBD oil as a cancer treatment
Cannabis use in opioid addiction treatment
We will go out of the way to ensure that all who watch know that THEY NEED TO TALK TO THEIR DOCTOR!
Promise and Pitfalls:
Economic boom in legal states
Penny stock frauds
Issues to overcome in banking
We’re hoping to get any type of fund drive going at the start of Hemp History Week, with pre-production completed in mid July 2018, and the shows going up on YouTube in August 2018.
I estimate that the cost of this production will be between $8,000 and $15,000.
Understanding how the project will make the money back is important, but that will be for another post.
Until next time.
*Note: The mob documentary may be sold soon. If so, it will only be available via Amazon Prime. Watch it for free while you can!
I was thinking to have actors do interviews, but then I realized I would likely have to educate them on cannabis and perhaps even how state governments work…
I realized it may be better to use an actual broadcast journalist for the projects I have in mind (or even agricultural journalists who may have that as a base). This way, I can do pre-production activities that do not include Agriculture 101 Training for actors.
I also believe that a legitimate broadcast journalist would not only do a great job, but they would bring a special brand of passion to the production — versus “acting” (where we can all tell the passion is faked). I want to stay away from falsified interest.
Not only should this journalist grab our viewers’ attention and keep them focused on the production, but we’re looking to get the audience engaged enough to buy stickers and other bling we will be selling in order to fund the effort.
Industrial hemp will be the first topic covered in the series — helping the audience to understand how plants grow, and perhaps explaining some simple terms. We’ll also be discussing how hemp influenced us historically in the past, as many still believe it was a threat to cotton and timber. (This is why I’d prefer to get someone with an agricultural background of some sort).
Our “Talking Head” should be far more than just a pretty face. They must be able to convey an interest that is not faked and is very much from the heart.
If you think you could fill this role, or have a recommendation for someone who could, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Twitter @greathemptour
This will be a far longer post then I have done in the past. My editor, Ms. Tharp, will not be happy but I am thankful to have her help. [Editor’s note: I’m always happy to help Wayne!]
The reason why I feel the need to speak out more than usual is easy to explain: After doing numerous tests on Twitter and Facebook, I found that most of my “Engagements” were bots. Yes, bots… In other words, the “people” I thought would be interested in what I had to offer were not, and could not be relied on.
How could I possibly take any action while knowing I had very little — if any — support to help in ether funding the project or spending even $0.99 to watch the film? After all, actors needed to be paid, food needed to be bought, editors must be compensated, and paid-for stock photos were needed…
Needless to say, I was very upset. I thought that the idea of The Great Hemp Tour was a great idea! But now? Maybe it’s up to someone else to do it.
With my film on the Milwaukee Mafia actually getting done (thanks to the support of real people, not bots), I’m starting to realize my passions may be better served on that project (and its related projects). I’ve been considering just ending everything on The Great Hemp Tour. Perhaps I’ll sell the domain name and just continue on with with my mob history projects.
Oh, and if you’d like to watch my first mob documentary, you can view it below:
( See? PROOF that I have the ability to not only finish projects, but do them well!)
And life went on…
I learned how to get projects on Amazon Prime and how the math works to get paid (you do not), and the same with YouTube (you can).
My Films got into a few Film Fests as well!
And life went on.
Looking to do other mob projects for YouTube, I held a casting call in Kenosha last Saturday. I thought I could find a few actors to use on future YouTube shows on the mob; however, little did I know the call would be attended by so few…
Since there were only a couple of us in attendance, I invited the actors to stay and hang out. It was the best thing I could have done!
Among the actors, I found a woman who has written a book (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) on cannabis use and etiquette. She’s currently looking to get back into acting and interested in helping to move cannabis forward.
Another woman, working in aromatherapy and as an herbalist, shared her knowledge on the many uses for cannabis and hemp in herbal settings (wow — what a resource!).
Then we found someone who lives in Madison who was very good at helping others to feel at ease and has the ability to get others to open up and keep talking — the perfect person you would want on camera conducting interviews! She would be key in helping to set up interviews, be it a “(wo)man on the street” sort of thing or talking to State political leaders on the subjects of hemp and cannabis.
Dismiss me as a fool, if you like, but this all seems a little TOO perfect. So the question is:
Is this God giving me a sign to continue The Great Hemp Tour?
How does one know the will of God?
A burning bush would be cool!
A phone call would also be nice (but that’s not going to happen).
I wish I knew for sure, but all of these factors coming together certainly feels like a “sign” to me!
I’ll be doing a lot of thinking on this. As well as looking into steps on how to further explore and gauge interest on social media (I’m so tired of getting played by bots!).
Maybe YOU can give me a sign as well? Reach out to me. Tell me if any of this is of interest to you! You can connect with me on Twitter @GreatHempTour and send me a message.
Is The Great Hemp Tour worth saving? Should I continue with my plans for it?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!