Leaving the wreckage of the Summer of Love, and arriving in Humboldt County in the far north of California, Mary Jane helped to establish the largest cash crop in the State, and the largest cannabis-producing region in the US.
This is a musical, with sixteen original songs, weaving fictional characters together with real people, telling the truth behind the fiction.
Mary Jane – a Musical Potumentary, is the story of a back-to-the-land farmer as she comes to terms with raising her son in the underground economy. He grew up as part of a generation who were taught how to lie so as not to blow their parent’s scene, who grew up knowing only marijuana as a career option.
Daily life in the community has been re-defined by the pervasive presence of weed. Houses burn down due to badly wired indoor grows, hillsides have their water diverted to illegal outdoor grows, guns are drawn when deals go wrong. But without the crop, the area’s economy would be non-existent. Pot is the economic driver, and is the reason there are so many fine restaurants, fancy stores, and expensive cars driving around on the streets.
At a time when the nation’s attention on cannabis use and cultivation has never been higher, Mary Jane considers what may happen when legality fully arrives. Will the corporations move in and take over, will the present boom towns go bust, or can the illegal growers finally become upright members of the community, entrepreneurs in a new industry, providers of medical help and recreational pleasure?
All in song, and with a cameo performance from Ed Asner.
THE STORY OF MARIJUANA, LIKE YOU’VE NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE
16 original songs, from 10 writers in the marijuana milieu, available as a download or CD from CDBaby and Amazon or as a download from iTunes
1. Emerald Ball
2. Nuggy Nuggy Nuggy
3. OG It’s Kush to be Mary Jane
4. Grow Inside
5. Rasta Tea Party
6. Humboldt Honey
7. Why is Whiskey Legal and Pot is Not
8. Wanna Get High
9. Green Like Money
10. Trimmers’ Flamenco
11. The Industry
13. My Son
14. Corporate Raiders (This Bud’s For You)
15. Ghost Town
16. Please Tax Us
17. Nuggy Nuggy Nuggy reprise