Once, on the Canadian version of Dragons Den, a young man named Ian Leyfield asked the Dragons to invest in his medical marijuana business. It didn't go down that well, with one dragon suggesting marijuana leads to heroin abuse, and the rest crying moral outrage. It ended in them all saying "I'm out". Or “I’m oot”, I guess.
Ian may have a better shot in the wake (and bake, buuuuddy) of a new reality TV show called The Weed Show, which takes the business logistics of Dragons Den and applies them solely to entrepreneurial marijuana businesses. Created by Wendy Robbins and Karen Paul, and set in legalised Colorado, the programme aims to find investors for businesses who make their buck off blazing. After hundreds flocked to the auditions last month, the creators saw everything from pipe dreams to full blown business plans.
From a bouquet company who throw the leaves in with the flowers to expand on the apparently burgeoning 'weed wedding' scene, to more simple hemp butter lotions, the show featured every THC-based idea. Though in saying that, get any person high and they think they're an inventor. Co-creator Robbins stated that "we're the puff the magic dragons of reality pitch shows" and that marijuana is a "potent herb and medicine that needs to be legal". It is apparent that the creators hope this show will help the rest of their nation pass legislation on marijuana, and you can't blame them, what with the legalised industry expecting to grow to $2.6 billion this year.
The show begins filming this month and aims to be aired in November. Though in my experience stoners take enough time choosing what to watch on Netflix, so you can imagine how long it could take them to produce, film and edit a TV show.