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Oregon: Kickstarter Project Debuts To Fund Documentary On Marijuana Industry


Studio McDermott, Portland-based film studio,on Thursday announced their Kickstarter project to assist in funding "Oregon: The State of Cannabis," an in-depth look at Oregon's burgeoning cannabis industry and the pioneers behind it.

Fueled by the successful passage of Oregon's Measure 91 in 2014, the filmmakers at Studio McDermott have already logged over 120 interviews with some of the most important players in the newly legal cannabis industry. Their hope is to preserve the history of the pioneers who are creating the legal cannabis industry.

"From the basement of an old school cultivators to the deep pockets of big business, a completely new market is emerging," said Max McDermott, cinematographer and editor at Studio McDermott. "When you witness the birth of an industry, you see how quickly things have to move in order to be successful."

"Cannabis legalization will impact all Oregonians," said Michael McDermott, the award-winning director of photography and co-founder of Studio McDermott. "Oregon: The State of Cannabis is capturing a moment in history that would otherwise be lost."

Having already poured hundreds of man-hours and resources into this passion project, the filmmakers at Studio McDermott are now looking to the public to help fund the remaining research and post-production expenses.

U.S.: Entrepreneur Announces Cannabis Board Game For Adults


As marijuana legalization goes mainstream, entrepreneurs have rushed to develop businesses in the recreational and medical consumer markets, as well as several other auxiliary niches. One such entrepreneur is Mike Siffin, founder of Hash Brothers Entertainment LLC, who recently unveiled his plan to create a crowd-funded board game for adult cannabis consumers.

Siffin was interviewed by the cannabis business news website as part of an ongoing series of interviews that the site conducts with cannabis start-ups, business experts, and investors.

In the interview, Siffin discusses how he gave up a long career in software sales to start his new venture in the cannabis industry.

"Prior to founding Hash-Brothers, I had a 25-year career in software sales in Silicon Valley," Siffin said. " It was a good, solid career but I can’t say I honestly loved selling software. Plus, being in sales in the Valley is a grind.

"I wasn’t an executive, I was a guy carrying a bag for 25 years and that bag and its associated quota didn’t get lighter year after year, it got extremely heavy," Siffin said.

Siffin also explains that part of his mission is to normalize cannabis in the sphere of public consciousness. "Cannabis is a simple herb, grown naturally on our planet and, if allowed, can provide both recreational as well as medicinal benefits. I felt that I might be a good candidate to help lead the charge and advocate for legalization and legitimization."

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