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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 banana hammock, 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 characters at the beach, myself. Already a favorite hangout, the place became much more significant in my life when I met 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 soon 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 Club!
It’s still 4:20 somewhere.
If you don't know who Rob Van Dam is, you are hereby required to click the big X in the upper right hand corner. Either that, or Google him, bitches, and then puff, puff, pass.
The campaign for the Medical Kush Beach Club is underway, and ends on April 20th. Yes, 420. No, not a coincidence. Duh.
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