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American Weed chronicles Colorado MMJ on National Geographic Channel

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The Colorado medical and recreational cannabis communities are put under the lens of reality television tonight.

Tonight, National Geographic Channel will air the first episode American Weed, the latest weed-themed reality TV show to hit the mainstream. See a preview below.

The first episode (and from what we can tell, most of the season) seems to focus on Budding Health owner Josh Stanley, who's listed as a Fort Collins dispensary owner. The show details his outdoor (outdoor?!) grow facility in the mountains and his role in the unsuccessful fight against the Fort Collins dispensary ban.

The series also gives some time to the law enforcement side of things. According to producers: "Sergeant Jim Gerhardt and fellow officers on the North Metro Task Force continue to find illegal grows by residents claiming to be growing medical marijuana. Is the pendulum swinging back to curb the ten-year proliferation of medical marijuana in Colorado?"

Though the plotline of the series seems to hinge on the ban in Fort Collins, the preview video National Georgraphic has released (see below) has quite a few clips of Denver and Boulder events like the 4/20 rally and the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup last April -- events that took place several months before the Fort Collins ban proposal was made public.

And that might be the biggest issue I have with the series. The footage and personalities might make compelling television for anyone outside of Colorado, but I'm wondering just how relevant (or accurate) it will be to those of us living here.

From what I can tell from dodging the NatGeo cameras at public events and hearings for the better part of last year, the channel sent production crews here for months to film anything and everything they could, hoping to find some sort of plot line to cull from the footage. People I've spoken with who participated in filming say they were under the impression that it was being made into a documentary and were somewhat surprised to see it became a television series. I'll watch it, but I am predicting that every episode produces a reaction similar to passing a car wreck on the freeway.

Without a doubt, the series is going to stir up some controversy among the Colorado cannabis community. We'll have a full recap of the first episode tomorrow morning.

American Weed airs tonight at 8 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. That's channel 273 for you Comcast digital subscribers and channel 186 for those of you with Dish Network. Here's the preview:

More from our Marijuana archive: "Stoner MacGyver product review: The Little Black Book of Marijuana" and "Marijuana: Ex-guv thinks Regulate act could bring down global pot prohibition."


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for sale by owner fort collins
for sale by owner fort collins

Fort Collins is a Home Rule Municipality situated on the Cache La Poudre River along the Colorado Front Range, and is the county seat and most populous city of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Fort Collins is located north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. With an estimated 2006 population of 129,467, it is the fifth most populous city in Colorado. Fort Collins is a large college town, home to Colorado State University. It was named Money magazine's Best Place to Live 2006 and #2 in 2008.

baybay11
baybay11

I have actually learned from watching the show, AND talking to my twenty year old son.  I was one of those that was totally against marijuana and very outspoken about it.  As a chronic pain patient for the past ten years or so, I have seen the bullsh@t people have to go through, even to get prescription meds needed to treat pain, and have seen the problems caused in my own body from taking fentanyl, oxycontin, etc.  The show taught me that marijuana really does help people who are suffering, and I, like most of America that doesn't support pot, did not know the facts, like how they can remove the thc, leaving the cannaboids that help patients, without getting them high.  My son moved to Colorado, and has always been outspoken for medical marijuana.  This show has actually opened up the dialogue between the two of us, as I ask him questions about it, and he is helping me to actually open up my mind and see the other side of the issue.  I have actually been considering a move to a state where patients CAN legally use marijuana.  I love watching the show, hearing how the different strains help different issues.  So...  while all of you guys who have been smoking pot for years may look at the show as ridiculous, 'cause you know more than they do...  remember, there are a lot of Americans...  ie voters, who don't know the facts, and are at least opening our minds from watching the show and learning more about the other side of things.

Gofuckurself
Gofuckurself

Well if you act like its not legal and keep doin what I've done my whole life what some jackass don't know won't hurt him. GROW ALONE.

Marian Dujsik
Marian Dujsik

I like the show.  Ray Martinez is an ignorant fool.  Marijuana is here to stay, both medical and recreational.  I hope the Stanley Bros can pull it together.  Sad that the ban went through. 

Gloria
Gloria

I think that the government only allows pharmacutical companies because they get money from them.  I have been on oxy, morphine, for major back problems, and I wish there was medical marijuana dispenseries here in the Okc, Ok area.  I would much rather use something natural, then to poison my system with chemicals loaded with who knows what.  Keep up the fight Stanley family; you are doing a GOOD thing! GloriaOkc

Gwizdreamon
Gwizdreamon

Hello Josh Stanley. If you and or anybody that knows you that is reading this, my name is Gary Krensel gwizdreamon@yahoo:twitter.com and I believe we as American's needs to change our thinking as an intelligent society and then change the dialog Re:Marijuana laws. These days I smoke a small bit of Marijuana (with no negative side effects) to ease my stomach pain from Acid Reflux like doctors already perscribe Marijuana for an upset stomach from Keno Therapy. The Stomach is the Stomach. As a young person I smoked a lot of Marijuana for the "High". The same regulations that come with other substances like Alcohol and Cigarettes can be used to control and regulate Marijuana. We need to change the angle we speak from Re:Marijuana laws and change who should really be a strong supporter, reforming Marijuana Laws if they really cared about us, along with who are the fake "Poser's", those people that say they are on our side (when their not) and reveal whats really wrong with our Marijuana laws.

On November 23rd after leaving the Woodbridge Mall where my co-worker and I worked, I was stopped by Woodbridge New Jersey Police in Woodbridge,NJ. FACT: I committed no moving violation to warrant  a stop (NO Probuble Cause) and then I was ilegally searched (because of the year of my car along with the fact that me as a White guy had a Black guy in my car. I was illegally arrested not once but twice. We were "Profiled". Warning...it appears as though it is illegal to have a While guy and a Black guy in the same car in New Jersey.The police created a false scenerio to support their fake, illegal stop, search and arrest and from that moment I took on the former Prosecuter of the Woodbridge N.J.Court who is now my attorney! My Constitutional Rights were violated!

FACT: The Constitutuion of The United States of America that states our Rights,           WAS WRITTEN ON HEMP PAPER !

FACT: MARIJUANA...IS NOT THE "GATEWAY DRUG" TO "HARD DRUGS".          CIGARETTES...(addictive as they are) and then ALCOHOL.

Example: The American Government supports the growing and sale of Tobacco(follow me here)               We absolutely know that Tobacco kills MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR.               The American Government supports the sale of Alcohol which kills MILLIONS OF               PEOPLE EVERY YEAR.We have (some how) been transported into "BIZZARO WORLD".I WANT SOMEONE TO GIVE ME JUST 5 EXAMPLES OF SUBJECTS...any SUBJECTS THAT HAVE DIED FROM USING MARIJUANA?

FACT:The date today is Saturday, March 11th,2012. In the last week...Pat Robertson said we         are spending millions urged the U.S. Government to stop putting what are normally law       abiding citizens in jails and prisons...just to have them come out as "Hardened Criminals".       Can anybody give me any positive uses for Cigarette tobacco or alcohol?

To conclude, In the same way the United States Government put the "Screws" to "The Mob" finally through "Tax Evasion"...we as tax payers need to stand up and challenge this U.S. Government by stating "Who are you" you sanction the sale and use of Cigarettes and Alcohol which UNDENIABLY KILLS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR SO the U.S. Government HAS LOST CREDITABLY with the American people. How can our government tell us we can't smoke Marijuana for medical needs when there are so many positive uses for Marijuana while they support the sale of Cigarettes and Alcohol/DEATH. This has become a "BIZZARO WORLD" when a government who supports Cigarettes & Alcohol/DEATH can judge or tell us Marijuana is dangerous? My name is Gary Krensel and I approve of this message!!!

milwaukee
milwaukee

god damnit - this show is a disgrace - they are fucking it up -  the Stanley Brothers are an absolute joke - boycott everything Budding Health

bossanova
bossanova

National Geographic Channel did the same thing to California's MJ industry and look at what a wonderful response it got from the Justice Department...golly thanks Mr. NGC

SHREDDY KRUEGAR
SHREDDY KRUEGAR

I couldn't stand to watch this shitty show, just another reality show except they grow and smoke weed. I turned it off and just deleted it from the DVR. weed wars was ok...i like Steve DeAngelo...but they don't show that any more. but actually now that I think about it...it was pretty stupid sometimes...stoners crying on TV is just so lame.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

I am really surprised no one has run Josh Stanley out of town. He supported the destruction of caregiver rights via MMIG and their lobbyists, he testified in the hb1284 hearings that he turns in growers to the police, and now his appearance on this show. Ask around about how his old growers feel about him. 

If you purchase meds at Budding Health or any MMIG member MMC, you are supporting this a$$hat and what he and his MMIG cronies have done to patients, caregivers, and other MMCs. 

guest
guest

"We'll have a full recap of the first episode tomorrow morning."  What happened?

Publius
Publius

OK, let me get this straight: Chris Bartkowicz goes on little Local TV, US Attorney John Walsh prosecutes him for going on TV.  The Stanleys (who actually I like) go on NATIONAL TV, US Attorney John Walsh does nothing.  Obviously the Stanleys are handing large fat envelopes to Walsh to leave them alone.  There is no other logical explanation; the US Attorney is for sale.  The Department of Justice is a joke and should be re-named the Department of Just Us.

milwaukee
milwaukee

horrible, just a horrible show.  C'mon - your fucking it up for the rest of us.  I don't even live in a mmj state, and I know that these Stanley brothers are money grubbing clowns that can not make it in any other industry or profession.  

If you are supposed to have 40 Bubba, why do you only have one little weakling in a 3 gallon pot?  C'mon.On a side not, how are the meds at Budding Helath?  Weed Maps says not so good.

BlackWallStreet10mm
BlackWallStreet10mm

You are really surprised that it was turned into a TV show? When was the last time Nat Geo released something on DVD or in theaters?

reality?really?
reality?really?

Now that I've seen it, just want to say that unless Kim Kardashian's fine derriere sashays across the screen at some point during the next episode I will not continue to watch this garbage. 

Publius Ceasar
Publius Ceasar

I was interviewed on camera for this, but ended up on the cutting room floor thankfully. Nice series, but given the way that they are ramping up prosecutions am glad they didn't mention me. 

VANAL PAUL
VANAL PAUL

stay high stay low!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     VANAL PAUL

Cannacancure
Cannacancure

and of course, the westword and the only people who ever blog are back and they are all ant-josh.  Pretty funny how even in a nat geo series (that was a bit cheesy) yet still a step in the right direction to get the rest of the country and world for conservative christians to see what this plant is doing to help patients. I thought josh was right on in some of the things he said and yes...cannaboston, run for the cure was bad ass and a TRUE doc, however rick simpson has been raided and put in jail twice since that doc. not to say he wasnt doing the right thing but if we come straight out in this industry and say we are curing cancer we will have to pick between top and bottom bunk with rick and whether or not we look good in orange jump suits!   so instead to beat the system in a way we have to align ourselves with it and only say we are treating the symptoms of cancer and observing. and because the phoenix tears or raw oil is enabling our cancer patients to become white blood cell free we can let the world formulate their own opinions on this plant. so through education we can be just as powerful as rick and continue his legacy which has only begun in a sense!  overall i thought the show was too early to judge and extremely cheezy. i am glad fort collins was banned because i cant wait to see that dawn ladies new modeling pics!

Reality Check
Reality Check

MMIG better think twice if they think putting the Stanley dirty laundry out their will help their cause. Guess this show is just in time for round two of the Walsh letters!

Cannaboston
Cannaboston

This is a total hit piece against cannabis, I have only watched the first 10 minutes and it is obvious it is total b.s. propaganda against medical cannabis. Watch RUN FROM THE CURE: THE RICK SIMPSO STORY. Now that is a real documentary.

Jesay12
Jesay12

I for one am excited about the show. I have read all the Westword blogs on Josh Stanley, Budding Health and "how he can lick my nuttzack" but this show isn't just about Josh. It is about the industry and and the two different sides. I wish more people would just investigate the issue of medical marijuana themselves. This isn't about any one person. Stop Hating

Baybay11
Baybay11

I'm in the OKC area, and completely agree with you.  I'm on all the highest doses of the prescription meds, getting sicker from taking them, but Oklahoma will never approve legalized marijuana.

Gwizdreamon
Gwizdreamon

MARIJUANA...IS NOT A "GATEWAY DRUG" to "HARDER DRUGS". the REAL "GATEWAY DRUGS" are ALCOHOL & CIGARETTES!!! This is Gary Krensel and I approve of this message.

wakeup
wakeup

 I for one absolutely loved the show! I know the show has opened up so many eyes to the truth of cannabis! I can't believe how negative some of you are!! The Stanley brothers are not fucking up anything for us patients and I am thankful for the fight they fight for us!! The industry is no easy world for anyone to make it in!! Thank you stanley brothers for fighting the fight you fight!!

Forestgump
Forestgump

weedmaps would be right.  most have been keefed in cali, and rejected by cali dispensaries and then shipped here to josh. and you saw their plants floppy plants yourself and the conditions of the grow.  you saw the breath of the one brother in the new greenhouse due to cold temps.   if you watched you saw dried out bitty buds in those cracked plastic made in china containers.  most of the bud shown had been keefed, period,

Rauels amp
Rauels amp

you mean you weren't satisfied with the dispensary owner who was in her 50"s who would have to go back to modeling to make a living? 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"I'm living the dream now" -- Chris Bartkowicz, TV interview of his grow operation, 24 hours before getting busted by the DEA. 

"Vanity, definitely my favorite sin." -- John Milton, Devil's Advocate

wakeup
wakeup

More jealous attitudes!!! This crap has to stop if this industry is going to make it for the patients who need it!! I for one as many others I know....are incredibly thankful for the fight that the Stanley brothers have fought for us patients!!! Thank you Stanley brothers!

Mandytay5
Mandytay5

I for one loves the show! It has definitely given light to marijuana and educated not only me but many others I know! If we are all going to do the right thing and legalize this for people who need it...we are all going to have to stop being so negative and hateful!!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

So once again the clueless Pot Clowns manage to Bartkowicz themselves.

Josh Stanley must be "living the dream now", bro !

Onward through the Fog !

unpaid grower
unpaid grower

Hard not to hate a thief who has stolen from everyone he does business with

joe mama
joe mama

 sorry josh. i'll knock it off then.

Johnny
Johnny

free the weed it not bad it is good for you god give us this great weed .It is not a gateway drugs like you say it is Alcohol it killed my father at 58 years oldhe did like the weed but Alcohol was stronger than marijuana was. He started out on Alcohol and live s no from it so you are right pot is a good thing i am 49 years old my Doc, gives it to and it is best mads out there all know it help me and am sickwith what ? a lot of pain.

unpaid grower
unpaid grower

Sometimes when I smoke MJ I get a dry throat and want a beer,,,,  soo maybe it IS a gateway to a much worse substance.  booze

Gwizdreamon
Gwizdreamon

  Hello Josh Stanley. If you are reading this and or anybody that knows you is reading this, my name is Gary Krensel gwizdreamon@yahoo:twitter.com and I believe we as American's needs to change our thinking as an intelligent society and then change the dialog Re:Marijuana laws. These days I smoke a small bit of Marijuana (with no negative side effects) to ease my stomach pain from Acid Reflux like doctors already perscribe Marijuana for an upset stomach from Keno Therapy. The Stomach is the Stomach. As a young person I smoked a lot of Marijuana for the "High". The same regulations that come with other substances like Alcohol and Cigarettes can be used to control and regulate Marijuana. We need to change the angle we speak from Re:Marijuana laws and change who should really be a strong supporter, reforming Marijuana Laws if they really cared about us, along with who are the fake "Poser's", those people that say they are on our side (when their not) and reveal whats really wrong with our Marijuana laws.

On November 23rd after leaving the Woodbridge Mall where my co-worker and I worked, I was stopped by Woodbridge New Jersey Police in Woodbridge,NJ. FACT: I committed no moving violation to warrant  a stop (NO Probuble Cause) and then I was ilegally searched (because of the year of my car along with the fact that me as a White guy had a Black guy in my car. I was illegally arrested not once but twice. We were "Profiled". Warning...it appears as though it is illegal to have a While guy and a Black guy in the same car in New Jersey.The police created a false scenario to support their fake, illegal stop, search and arrest and from that moment I took on the former Prosecutor of the Woodbridge N.J.Court who is now my attorney! My Constitutional Rights were violated!

FACT: The Constitution of The United States of America that states our Rights,           WAS WRITTEN ON HEMP PAPER !

FACT: MARIJUANA...IS NOT THE "GATEWAY DRUG" TO "HARD DRUGS".          CIGARETTES...(addictive as they are) and then ALCOHOL.

Example: The American Government supports the growing and sale of Tobacco               (follow me here) We absolutely know that Tobacco kills MILLIONS OF PEOPLE                EVERY YEAR.The American Government supports the sale of Alcohol which               KILLS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR.Have we have (some how) been transported into "BIZZARO WORLD".I WANT SOMEONE TO GIVE ME JUST 5 EXAMPLES OF SUBJECTS...any SUBJECTS THAT HAVE DIED FROM USING MARIJUANA?

FACT:The date today is Saturday, March 11th,2012. In the last week...Pat Robertson said           we are spending millions urged the U.S. Government to stop putting what are          normally law abiding citizens in jails and prisons...just to have them come out as         "Hardened Criminals".Can anybody give me any positive uses for Cigarette tobacco         or alcohol?

To conclude, In the same way the United States Government put the "Screws" to "The Mob" finally through "Tax Evasion"...we as tax payers need to stand up and challenge this U.S. Government by stating "Who are you" you sanction the sale and use of Cigarettes and Alcohol which UNDENIABLY KILLS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR SO the U.S. Government HAS LOST CREDITABLY with the American people. How can our government tell us we can't smoke Marijuana for medical needs when there are so many positive uses for Marijuana while they support the sale of Cigarettes and Alcohol/DEATH. This has become a "BIZZARO WORLD" when a government who supports Cigarettes & Alcohol/DEATH can judge or tell us Marijuana is dangerous? Like any drugs we need to keep them out of reach to children so strict regulations need to be in place but don't tell me I (a 53 year old man) can't smoke Marijuana. My name is Gary Krensel and I approve of this message!!!

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Rosskarr
Rosskarr

I watched it and realized it does nothing positive for the industry and you could see through his bullshit. The west metro drug task force and DA of Jeferson County said on channel 12 a year ago that I was one of those illegal growers claiming to be medical user/grower. And because I was charged with a felony cultivation it proves it. The system is broke and the tv series is bs propaganda. I have been growing and using it medically for 20 years due to suffering chronic nasuea and chronic pain all my life. But apparently growin for myself without the infamous "red card" is proof that I'm not using it medically and I deserve to be punished. I was informed on by pricks like josh. He doesn't deserve his "dream" while folks like Chris and myself suffer ramifications from bitch snitches.Andy the owner of cannabis medical was on the channel 12 show while the DA did a number on me claiming I smoked cannabis and went snowboarding. Of course I did. That's my medicine damn it! I couldn't get out of bed due to the pain and smoking cannabis indica relieves the pain and allows me to enjoy my life and the sports i love. PROPAGANDA is the new USA.

Mandytay5
Mandytay5

I can't believe how negative and hateful you all are!! I'm sure Josh Stanley is living no "dream". The industry is no easy place to make it with all the legalities to overcome!

Mezzrow
Mezzrow

 Josh Stanley is one of the best living examples of hubris I have ever seen. He really does believe that he is the most intelligent, funny and attractive man that he he knows -- he is always the smartest guy in the room, no matter where he is -- while almost everyone he meets (exceptions made for the young, gullible and just plain idiotic) quickly discovers him to be an insufferable douchebag with nothing positive to present to the community whatsoever.

Josh Stanley is the guy who used a proven liar as a spokesperson for his MMC (the clown who faked a "war injury" was featured prominently in Stanley's ads) and then had the temerity to step in front of the Denver City Council on live television and admit that he had turned in growers to the police because he was so concerned about how they might not be "totally legal".

He has lied to the public, abused patients and served as a police informer, all while crowing about his advocacy. Fuck Josh Stanley.

wakeup
wakeup

 Sounds like you are one of those other growers out there who hasn't been able to stay alive through all this and a bit jealous of those who have!

Hereagainn
Hereagainn

Godam dude.. hate much ,christ allfriken mighty ..tell us how you really feal ..looser

JOHNNYRIGHT
JOHNNYRIGHT

We the people need to stand up for our RIGHTS THE GoV, Makes BIG MONEYOFF IT.IT NEEDS TO STOP THE WAR ON MARIJUANA IT TAKES TO MUCH MONEYTHAT MONEY NEEDS TO GO TO THE PEOPLE THAT NEEDS FOOD HOUSING AND A LOT MORE.                 DON'T SET GET UP OFF YOUR BUTS AND DO                                              SOME THING ABOUT IT OR IT WILL STAY THE SAME!         

urallinsane
urallinsane

 Ha Ha Ha! Really? It is no gateway drug and that is a ridiculous excuse to have a beer! And it is NOT addictive! Cannabis (medical term for marijuana) has so many positive effects with people for so many different things. Educate yourself!

Marian Dujsik
Marian Dujsik

So drink a cold glass of lemonade....it would be way more refreshing.  Jeez

wakeup
wakeup

I for one as well as many others I know, loved the show! And opened so many eyes to the truth of cannabis!! I'm sorry you suffered the ramifications you did. The way the legalities of this industry is handled is bull shit! But I for one am thankful for the fight Josh stanley and his brothers fight for us patients!

wakeup
wakeup

 More jealous attitudes!!! This crap has to stop if this industry is going to make it for the patients who need it!! I for one as many others I know....are incredibly thankful for the fight that the Stanley brothers have fought for us patients!!! Thank you Stanley brothers! I loved the show and it has opened mine and so many others eyes!!!

wakeup
wakeup

Thank you Stanley brothers for your fight in this industry!!!

wakeup
wakeup

 Sounds like to me you are again one of those grower/dispensary owners who has not been able to make it in this business and jealous of the ones who have! I for one am thankful for the fight Josh Stanley has put up for us patients!!!! If cannabis is going to survive for patients, this wrong hateful attitude needs to diminish!! Thank you Josh Stanley for the fight you fight for us!!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"...admit that he had turned in growers to the police ..."" ...  served as a police informer ..."

What self-respecting MMJ patient would ever patronize a dispensary owned by a self-confessed  Police Informant ??

HipTip: Snitches Get Stitches.

Veta Mcmanner
Veta Mcmanner

Wow that is the best description of him I have ever heard. He truly is on aware of how he comes off.  Someone needs to walk around a tape him and play it back for him to see.  I have sat across the table from him before and always wonder if he really take himself seriously, or is it all all a front to try to control the industry and make him wealthy. I think it really might be the latter. While watching the show last night I was cringing at how fake he sounded.  That guitar scene at the end? The "we only have one bubba kush!!!".  How can someone clown like that I national tv? Will anyone take him serious after this? Would you give him money? It was almost like watching a college independent film.  Bad acting, bad script. So-So camera work.  

What a mess.

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