HERE'S SOMETHING I WROTE AWHILE BACK TO PROMOTE A
KICK STARTER CAMPAIGN FOR OUR YET-TO-BE-RELEASED
MOVIE, BOARDWALK HEMPIRE. ENJOY-
As a product of the midwest, I’ve always been drawn
to California. I don’t remember any time
in my life when dreams of seeing the world famous Hollywood
sign, the colossal Beverly Hills mansions,
and the beautiful west coast beaches were any less than
fascinating. As my wrestling career picked up,
and so did the travel, I’d often pass through LAX on my way
to Japan. Eventually, I was booked to wrestle
in Los Angeles, so I took full advantage of visiting the town
of my dreams. The first thing I knocked off my
list was to visit Venice Beach.
I rented a car, followed a map and found my way to the
boardwalk, where I was punched in the face
by the reality of a wonderful, undeniable fact- I sure the fuck
wasn’t in Kansas anymore! So to speak.
The magic of the Venice Beach boardwalk instantly
enthralled me to the point that, to this day, I remain
connected to that moment. The warmth of the sun, the surf
of the ocean, and the sexy girls in bikinis all combine
as aspects of the west coast atmosphere. I took my shirt
off to absorb the love from above and started strolling
north with the current of positive energy. The cultural
obsession with fitness is displayed by joggers, bikers,
surfers, rollerbladers, and sports you’d probably never be
exposed to anywhere else. You’ll see skateboarders
with sails, surfers with kites, and elliptical cardio vascular
machines on wheels.
Stores bordering the right side of the boardwalk sell pizza,
t shirts and water bongs to folks in flip-flops. Opposite
the shops, street vendors peddle art, jewelry, and
henna tattoos. You can have your palm read, take
a photo holding
a snake, or get a neck massage in the sun. The
guitar-playing roller blader with the amplifier on his back,
the old man in the thong that claims to have worked out
with Arnold, and the buff dude, wearing the
that rolls the little heavy metal ball on his arm like
a Harlem Globe Trotter are among the characters
at the beach
you’ll see. As you walk along the populous pathway
of random visuals, maneuvering around crowds of onlookers
placating the street performers, any previous mindset is
replaced with the relaxing pace of the location. Its the
Venice Beach vibe.
I fell in love with it at once. When I was able,
I relocated to Los Angeles, and became one of the
at the beach, myself. Already a favorite hangout, the
place became much more significant in my life when
another coastal character-Sean Kush. Sean was the
owner of the Medical Kush Beach Club. He invited me to
check his place out, which was a cannabis enthusiasts
dream! Combining two of my favorite things in the world,
his dispensary provided patients with a place to medicate
while enjoying the view. Through the second story window,
Californians looked out from the smoking lounge to enjoy
all the beauty of Muscle Beach during the day, and outstanding
sunsets at night. The MKBC also had a hash bar where
patients sat on bar stools and enjoyed medicating from fancy
glass pipes worth thousands of dollars.
I hung out there so often, many people though that I
owned the place with Sean. They also got that impression
because I’d stand out in front, to answer questions about
medical marijuana from inquisitive passers by. The site was
often ideal for filming RVD TV episodes, which soon led to
Hash Bar TV. Over the years, we’ve held proposition debates,
gave countless tours to celebrities, and hosted World Hash
Cup competitions in the establishment. To say that all of us
were emotionally involved with the Medical Kush Beach Club
underestimates the connection. The girls that sold the buds,
loved their job. The patients were so grateful for the place, and
why wouldn’t they be? It was the true epitome of
west coast flavor.
As a result of modified zoning laws and different interpretations
of the law, marijuana dispensaries all over the
city were facing raids and heavy penalties. Our place, when inspected
by city officials, passed every test. The local
police actually said that they wished other dispensaries ran a tight
ship like the MKBC. As one of the longest lasting
cannabis dispensaries in California, Sean felt secure about his
business and grew it progressively. He opened a
second location on the boardwalk, bought ads on the backs of
every pot magazine on the news stands and even
advertised with a giant billboard over Lincoln Boulevard. Using
his band, Kushinator -they do the Rob Van Dam ring
entrance song-as a platform to synchronize publicity, Sean was
running an empire to unprecedented levels. The controversy
caused mixed emotions on the outside, but drew attention to a
non-profit business that wasn’t ashamed. His time in this
spot light however, was limited.
Medical marijuana doctors, started by or inspired as
competition by Sean, popped up all over the boardwalk and
engaged in nasty turf wars! It was not out of the ordinary to
see doctors yelling or fighting on the once peaceful boardwalk.
Red flagged by the ensuing drama, the Kush Doctor-a business
Sean ran with an associate-was raided on April 20th
of last year. Also swept under the umbrella was the club - located
next door and in the same building. Without asking
too many questions, the medical board launched the raid that
would lead to the end of an important era. Sean’s bank
accounts were frozen, his assets-including guitars and his
car- were confiscated and his dispensary was completely trashed.
Many people lost their jobs, the economically challenged
state of California lost the tax revenue from the respected
business and the distribution of marijuana was subsequently
placed back on the unregulated streets. The magnificent
losses we all suffered are only slightly offset by one thing.
Thanks to Hash Bar TV, we had cameras rolling the whole time.
The Boardwalk Hempire is a documentary that covers
the entire story of the rise and fall of the Medical Kush Beach
Club. This assembly of HD footage, with added interviews and
media clips is so extensive, it enlightens viewers with
education while familiarizing them with Sean Kush’s story. You’ll
see obviously sick people treating symptoms of their
conditions. You’ll see people who look completely healthy, maybe
even form an opinion of your own on marijuana abuse,
and then see their gnarly scars and be exposed to their stories. And
what of adults who want to relieve stress without
dangerous health effects? Are they wrong? When people see footage
of the Hash Bar during festive times, many will
wish they’d had the chance to visit this place when it was still in
operation-much like Studio 54! Many people did have
the good fortune of visiting the Medical Kush Beach Club and no doubt
have tremendous stories to share.
I’m excited to be executive producing this film with Tommy Chong,
and I’m sure it will be a classic- enjoyed by millions.
We still continue to follow Sean to his court appearances as he
deals with the consequences of the raid. This footage will be
in the movie too, but production has been temporarily halted. In
an effort to acquire the funds for finishing the film, we’re
now focused on the Kickstarter campaign. Either way, we will finish
the movie and it will be the best of its kind. When
you watch our trailer, you’ll know right away what I’m so damn proud
of. Observe informative true cases of actual patients
combined with the sunny beach, hot girls, Kushinator’s music and
of course...lots of coughing too.
If you want to be part of this historical event, there’s still time. You
can have your name added to the credits of the
movie! How cool would that be?
You may not be able to toke up in the famous Venice Beach building
that once housed Jim Morrison, but you can
help bring its story to those who would learn it. Thank you for reading.
Enjoy the trailer, and soon enjoy the whole fucking
movie! Boardwalk Hempire-The Rise and Fall of the Medical Kush Beach
It’s still 4:20 somewhere.
Here is all the necessary information. Help us by placing the link
on your websites and social media profiles.
The campaign will end on April 20th 2012 so we have 60 days to raise
the funds. You support is greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions please let me know.
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Back out Kickstarter Project and become a part of this historic documentary!
Tommy Chong, Rob Van Dam and Sean Kush bring you
Boardwalk Hempire: The Rise and Fall of the
Medical Kush Beach Club the documentary. Medical Marijuana
is a big issue. Show your support by
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