January 23, 2009
The documentary is finally out and I have to say I thought it was pretty good. My expectations were not too high to begin with. About midway through the filming, Trish Regan and the producer asked if it would be o.k. to shoot a ten second promo in the gardenI was giving a tour of. “Sure, why not” I replied thinking it was just another part of this t.v. thing I had gotten myself into. By the time the producer and the crew had figured out where they wanted to shoot the promo, it was obvious that the crew needed an extra pair of hands to hold some lighting. I quickly volunteered for the job. Next thing I know I’m holding a large light about 6 inches away from her face as she says the following: “gangs, guns, and plenty of money…” At that point I just about fell down. Gangs??? come on… Everything that I said in our interviews alluded to the idea that this area was not crawling with gangsters carrying weapons; that a huge portion of marijuana business was done with proffesionalism in a relatively peaceful environment. Oh well, thats hollywood I guess.
I had a chance to sit down with Bruce Perlowin during the filming of the documentary and discuss some of his thoughts on the current legal/political environment. The experience was both surreal and insightful. It is rare that you can sit down with someone and get the facts about their marijuana smuggling enterprise. i am hoping to do an interview with Bruce for the 4th issue of Grow.
Overall I thought that Johnathan Dann, the producer did a great job of telling the entire story, giving credit to both sides of the marijuana debate.