At first, it was a closet television operation, kind of like a video grow op: just a camera, a computer, and religious ganja author-expert Chris Bennett, videotaping members of the Cannabis Culture community for viewing on the Net.
In the early days, video viewing was frustrating. The images of Cannabis Culture editor Dana Larsen during a mind-bending entheogenic experience for his Weedy Wednesday show showed up jerky and grainy, with the flow of images stopping and starting as the Internet pipeline clogged and unclogged.
These days, with a staff of professional technicians, state-of-the-art equipment, and improved Internet video delivery technology, Pot-TV is seen by media critics and media moguls as a sizzling television venture that wildly combines journalism, commentary, entertainment, sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
“There’s nothing like it in the world,” says Pot-TV founder and sponsor Marc Emery, who sells hundreds of varieties of pot seeds to support his funding of Pot-TV. “You can watch hard-hitting documentaries that detail the anti-marijuana efforts of Scientology, or you can watch Madame Viper as she shows her natural beauty while toking up. We have professional newsgathering from Loretta Nall in the US. We have live shows, televised pot parties, and shows that teach you how to grow marijuana.”
Live shows indeed. Emery recently debuted his own live show, in which the dapper seedmeister appears to be as skilled at talk show banter as Jay Leno, Conan, and Letterman.
Pot-TV recently announced that it would debut another live show featuring beautiful cannagoddess Hilary Black, a pot movement legend whose Vancouver-based BC Compassion Club Society has helped thousands of medical marijuana patients in the last decade.
“Pot-TV is noteworthy because we cover topics and take chances that mainstream corporate television will never do,” explains Pot-TV station manager Chris Bennett. “We’re not afraid of anything or anyone. We’re the televised face of the hardcore marijuana activist movement. We are here to expose hypocrisy and injustice wherever we find it, and to tell the world that marijuana is a healing herb given to us by God.”
Bennett’s enthusiasm and theology are evident in his shows about marijuana and religion, and in his exciting new commercial, “I am Canabian.” In the piece, a black-clad Bennett does an evangelistic spoof of a Molson beer commercial, managing to deliver a hellfire condemnation of the drug war at the same time that he educates the audience about the big money BC bud-US customers connection.
“We’re proud of the way our television station has matured,” says Emery as he prepares for another live show. “We’ve had people who want to buy us out; they see how viable we are. Advertising is up, and we’re getting more and more viewers- we’ve had more than 4 million viewers. Pretty soon, it will be 8 million. Whether you enjoy television or not, you’ll love watching Pot-TV.”