Some pod-hijinks you might enjoy with a international cast of renegades hosted my my UK counter-part, The Dopefiend:
Back every Sunday with a new Dopefiend Quarantined, the Dopefiend kicks off our little internal celebration of edibles, mostly created by Green Lady with a worthy contribution from Teenage Pie and Mrs Mole and their Mole Pie. The Dopefiend tucks into some lemon drizzle cake much to the disgust of Teenage Pie and talk to Uncle Weed and Son of Gonzo about cannabis in Japan, and goes on to generally about edibles and early edible experiences to Scoobysnakks, Scottobaggins, Green Lady, BB, the Gremlin of Ganja,
This segment of Hempen Road documentary is a bit different so calling a “bonus” clip… rather than interviews with hemp cannabis pioneers, activists, entrepreneurs etc, this one features my rather poetic (according to HempWorld magazine’s review) soliloquies about broken promises to land, societies and neglect of culture along with Eiji’s stellar mixed-media cinematography and montage editing as we worked our way up and around the glorious Olympic peninsula with a stop to gaze at the albatross of Satsop nuclear chimneys, struggling and damaged reservation land.
Then comes a stop in scenic and absurdly charming Victorian-era port town appropriately called Port Townsend (as this was as far as sailing ships could make it before steam power came along and made the the place irrelevant for decades – now its bustling, then was perfect…) for a look around.
Note: we filmed a segment with PT Hemp Co (you’ll notice their 2nd floor store in the clip) but wasn’t able to use and now the footage is “lost” in a shoebox somewhere due to Eiji’s untimely demise.
Then, head off towards Vancouver via various ferries for the “big finish” of the filming and film with 16mm B&W footage of seagulls winging through the air. Sigh.
Another note: music in this clip are both faves as well. The spacey “Ry Cooder-esque” one is “Desert in my Toenails” (or something like that) by Chris Sullivan who i knew in Utah, he was from Kentucky, played all sorts of instruments, left our band to catch crabs in Alaska and still rambles with various bands and places. The outro song is Chris Jacobsen who i knew in Guam, a Rhode Islander boat cap’n with a zany sense of humour but an air of melancholy around him. I’ve tried to track him down to no avail. Notably, both of these were captured from cassette tapes, recorded on 4 tracks (still have the originals i think).
Hemp cannabis pioneer entrepreneurs in Seattle, Washington, USA are featured in this chapter of 1996/7 documentary film in which host/producer Dave Olson (hello) visits with interesting characters including:
David Edwards, Earthgoods
S. David Stunda, Earthgoods
Rob Jungman, Manastash
Khamphy S., Panther Manufacturing
Tom Cluck, Belltown Hempery
Jill Etherington, Belltown Hempery
Kristina Lynch, Belltown Hempery
Fred Martin, Belltown Hempery
along with scenes of a snowboard “big air” contest and Seattle landmarks including the now-demolished Kingdome, Pike Street Market, Showbox theatre, Lusty Lady and Hammering Man.
Hemp cannabis pioneers and activist in Olympia, WA, USA (ala OlyWa) are featured in this chapter of 1996/7 documentary film in which host/producer Dave Olson (hello) visits with interesting characters including:
Bob Owen, Wa Hemp Education Network (and Lt. Governor candidate)
Dennis Peron, Prop 215 (California) activist etc
OlyWa.net: Chas Lance Tomala, Jay Unabonger Stewart, Scott(y) Orr
Hemp cannabis pioneering entrepreneurs and activists n Eugene, Oregon are featured in this chapter of 1996/7 documentary film in which host/producer Dave Olson (hello) visits with interesting characters including:
In 1993, i began researching and uncovering the unique history of Cannabis in Japan, later (1998-2004) publishing my treatise “Hemp Culture in Japan” in several magazines and books (with encouragement from John Roulac and collaborations with Joe Wein and others).
At the time, hemp was still very taboo and only a secret crop used for the emperor’s new clothes (really).
Now, some decades later, hemp culture is so very alive in Japan with dozens of licensed crops, trade associations, conference forums, film screenings, museums and gentle activism and education campaigns. I am working to connect to this community as i have much to share and learn.
Anyhow, I am a very proud uncle to see all of this.
And now coming full circle in a way, i can enjoy great quality CBD tincture delivered to my new home in Okayama – specifically from Elixinol (an Australian-based company with divisions + relationships in Japan and elsewhere) is rolling out high-quality products with great promotional materials and messaging. The potential is truly boundless.
Thanks and congrats to Paul Benhaim and Makoto Matsumaru. Please let me know how i can help your noble efforts.
PS Worth noting for the record that I deal with ME/CFS and fibromyalgia.
Only took since 1997, but finally listed HempenRoad 1997 feature documentary film on IMdb. Have a variety of info, posters, stills and whatnot there. Kinda laborious but want to be thorough (especially out of respect for Eiji Masuda – rip).
There are now IMDB listings for:
Ian Hunter (rip)
Dennis Peron (rip)
D. Paul Stanford
with more to come (be patient &/or diy, its all the same process)
& links to where you can view the film (Reelhouse, Vimeo, Youtube – thanks to Brad Rees).
Beginning with a static-y 1996 AM radio interview during a power outage on the island of Guam Micronesia, then checking in from a goat farm in Japan decades later, then again from tiny isle in Indonesia, Uncle Weed weaves hempen stories and personal anecdotes about life on this remote USA “territory” including: selling hemp bags at Jeff’s Pirate Cove, advocating for legalization of cannabis in all forms, weird jobs (and quitting same), and current situation as Grassroots activists seek to fulfil will of voters for medical and recreational uses.