Tommy Chong is a Pleasant Surprise on DWTS!


It’s got to be a sign of the times when ABC TV has no problem associating with the original stoner, Tommy Chong! I have to admit, I was a little nervous when I heard that Tommy Chong was going to be on Dancing With The Stars. I had never seen him dance before so I wasn’t sure if he’d have the moves or whether it would all just seem like a big joke. I am happy to report however, Tommy was AWESOME! He surprised the heck out of those judges and I have to admit, I was quite surprised myself.

Tommy didn’t stray very far from his persona. He came out in a lowrider with his longtime comedy partner, Cheech at the wheel. Apparently, Cheech told Tommy he’d never get on the show and I as you can see, Tommy proved Cheech wrong. Tommy was paired up with one of my favorite dancers, Peta Murgatroyd who said in her opening video “Tommy’s best asset is his character. Everyone’s going to fall in love with him.” I think she was right and she definitely didn’t shy away from his character as their props and costumes were very reminiscent of the “hemp plant.”

It wasn’t until my 9-year-old daughter started watching DWTS a few seasons ago that I got interested in watching this show. Now, it’s kind of become our thing. I love music and the professional dancers on this show are AMAZING! It’s a really fun ride watching the competitive side of these celebrities. While my husband who is an “old school PE teacher” doesn’t consider dancing a sport, I have watched celebrities transform their bodies and develop dancing skills that weren’t there the previous week as well as some pretty serious injuries that have taken people out of the competition. I can’t wait too see Tommy Chong, who is now in his 70’s, develop and grow and I just hope his body is strong enough to endure.

I now have another good reason to watch DWTS. This season, I get to support  a fellow Hempster! I am so proud of Tommy for representing the community with grace, style and especially his humor. It warmed my heart to see Cheech and Chong so much older now, but still supporting each other. Cheech and Chong were a class act last night.

Tonight is an elimination night. I think Tommy is pretty safe this week but I would encourage you to watch the show and vote for him to keep him on.

I’m happy to share Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd’s performance here:

How Jack Herer Was Exonerated When He Was Accused of Fabricating Hemp for Victory


In the movie, The Emperor of Hemp, I was blown away when I learned that Jack Herer had been accused of fabricating the movie, Hemp for Victory. When journalist checked with the Library of Congress to verify Jack’s claims about this movie being made by our Department of Agriculture, there was no record of it to be found. Somebody deliberately and conveniently omitted this information when systems were updated.

Jack was later exonerated when he and two other activists searched the Library of Congress and found the catalog in question.

Here is Jack in his own words, talking about what that was like. As you can see, this video is around 30 minutes long. It includes Jack speaking, the full video of Hemp for Victory, an excerpt from Reefer Madness and a wrap up monologue by Jack. All of this is very informational so I hope you will take a moment to check it out when you have a moment.

This film was made 25 years ago in September  1989. I’m sure Jack imagined back then that all would be different today. We are almost there….

Jack Herer and the Seattle Hempfest, What A Trip!


The very first hemp festival in Seattle was held 23 years ago in 1991. There’s a great history on their website that you can read here: Seattle Hempfest History

The Seattle Hempfest takes place the third weekend of August so this past weekend was their most recent. The first and last time I made it to Hempfest was five years ago as Jack Herer’s guest in 2009. It was Jack’s very last one.

I wanted to take time to honor Jack and take a walk down memory lane, so I thought I ‘d share some of the very last pictures I ever took with Jack at the Seattle Hempfest.

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There were over 300,000 people at the Seattle Hempfest that year. I remember how excited Jack was about the large turnout. I always compare walking through Hempfest with Jack to what it must of felt like walking though the Red Sea with Moses. The crowd would part and honor him everywhere we turned. His jubilance was palpable and very contagious. Oy! The charisma of that man was so awesome!

I loved every minute of being in Seattle with Jack in spite of the fact that I was super ill with the flu. I was so sick; I missed the very first morning of Hempfest because I was stuck in bed with a temperature. As I made my way through the thick crowds later that day and reached Jack’s booth, I was so relieved that it was totally worth the effort. I got to see Jack in action. I saw the love I felt directed towards me when I was with him, be distributed to the masses. Jack loved people, FOR REAL!

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Jack was intent on introducing me to everyone and anyone, but especially made it a point for me to meet Don E. Wirtshafter, Keith Stroup and the Hempfest organizer that year, Vivian McPeak. During the festival, I remember Don taking me aside and drilling me about my hemp clothing line and my hemp knowledge and then taking me back to Jack saying, “she checks out.” Little did I know, I wasn’t just having a nice conversation with Don, I was being vetted!

I almost didn’t make it to Hempfest that year. I didn’t think my clothing line was ready for its debut but Jack insisted that I go. Several times, I said I couldn’t go until Jack finally convinced me. (He was great at guilt trips!) His insistence beat out my tenacious Virgo tendencies to strive for a perfect product. So Jack made room for me in his booth and as he sold his books and videos, I sold tees that were inspired directly from his book.

I can tell you this, I felt a little like “Legally Blonde” amongst the Rastafarian vibe, but I had a blast. There were lots of fun stories that came out of that weekend, like the time I thought I was following Jack’s van back to the hotel and ended up following the wrong van and walking into a stranger’s house looking for Jack. It was a scene straight out of “stoner movie!”

A month after Seattle’s Hempfest, Jack was on his way to Portland’s Hempstalk. He called me on the way to say he wished I could have gone to that festival, too. I told him I wished I could be there as well, especially because I had had such a blast at the previous festival. As usual, he told me he loved me and I whole heartedly reciprocated as we hung up. That would be the very last conversation I would ever have with Jack. It was at the Portland Hempstalk that Jack suffered a massive heart attack on stage in the midst of his speech. He never fully recovered and passed away seven months later. My friend, mentor and hero was gone.

It’s been difficult for me to return to Hempfest. It just doesn’t seem like it would be the same without Jack. The recurring thought I always have is thank God he pushed me to go to the Seattle Hempfest that year. I would have missed out on so much. The lesson I learned from that is to take advantage of opportunities when they arise. You just never know when it will be your last chance.

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Miss you so much, Jack. One day, I’ll make it back to the Seattle Hempfest, just for you.

 

 

 

 

Will the Energizer Bunny Be Hempified?


 

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Just when you think you got a grasp on all things hemp, NBCNews.com posts an article about a brand new use for this wonder plant: batteries.

Currently, batteries use graphene which according to another article on NBCNews.com “…is the strongest, slimmest and most malleable material in known existence. Graphene, which is a form of carbon, could change the way our devices look, feel, perform and even interact with our bodies”

That graphene stuff sounds pretty remarkable, doesn’t it? But oh wait! There’s something even better!

Check out what The American Chemical Society’s  had to say about hemp at their national meeting which is currently being held in San Francisco:

Industrial hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana, can play a role in manufacturing super-powerful supercapacitors for energy storage at a cost that’s far cheaper than graphene, researchers report. The hemp-based technology took center stage Tuesday at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting in San Francisco. A team led by David Mitlin, an engineering professor at Clarkson University, heated up hemp fibers to create carbon nanosheets that can be used as electrodes for supercapacitors. Compared with graphene, the hemp-derived carbon is “a little bit better, but it’s 1,000 times cheaper,” Mitlin told NBC News.

Well, I think that is very “energizing news” for the hemp industry. Perhaps this will take us one step closer to getting industrial hemp legalized in the U.S.

You can read the rest of the article here: Far Out! Hemp Could Power Better Super-Batteries

Gisele Does Luxury Hemp Well


Did you know that Gisele Bundchen was an environmentalist and a hempster? As founder of the Clean Water Project as well as two companies that raise funds for diminishing rain forests, this supermodel even has a forest named after her in her native Brazil.

I love Gisele’s philosophy: “The environment has always been my passion. Mother Earth is our fundamental life-support system, and by becoming aware and responsible now, we can assist in preserving the planet.” 

I couldn’t agree with you more, Gisele! I’m also impressed by Gisele’s choice to wear a beautiful hemp silk gown made by Prophetik to attend a gala for the Rain Forest Alliance. This is a popular dress since I’ve now seen quite a few other celebrities opting for his gown as well, such as James Cameron’s wife, Suzy Cameron as well as Colin Firth’s wife, Livia Firth who wore hers to the Golden Globes.

I knew there was an audience for chic, luxury hemp. I can’t wait to get them into Jae Julian’s Luxury Hemp soon!

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2622925/Gisele-Bundchen-kicks-heels-fans-Prophetik-hemp-gown-Rainforest-Alliance-Gala-NYC.html#ixzz3A2zjnFNI

In Spite of the DEA, Kentucky Hemp Crops Flourish


Happy August everyone! Can you believe it’s already August? Yikes!

There’s good news on the hemp farming front! Hemp is flourishing in Kentucky and researchers say this is a baby step in a positive direction. As  you may have heard in the news earlier this year, the DEA seized a 250 pound hemp seed shipment that came from Italy and Kentucky had to sue the DEA in order to get their hands on these seeds. While that stall tactic shortened the growth cycle by several weeks, University of Kentucky plant researcher, David Williams reported that Kentucky’s very first hemp crop is thriving and has already grown from 6 to 16 feet in two months. That’s exciting!

What’s not so exciting is the Drug Enforcement Agency. What is up with the head of the DEA, Michelle Leonhart? Who’s she beholden to that she feels at liberty to waste tax payer’s dollars to defy congress and the will of the people? With Michelle Leonhart at the helm, any real progress with the DEA seems futile so I was not surprised to come across a petition to fire Michelle Leonhart on Change.org.

Kudos to Kentucky for starting a hemp farming trend and for standing up to the DEA! While this is a small step in the right direction with regards to growing hemp, I hope enough people become outraged by the shenanigans of the DEA and ban together to take our power back. A first step could be signing this petition asking President Obama to remove Ms. Leonhart from her post:  Change.org.