Article by Dana Gee, Vancouver Sun
Bob Kay says now is the time for the cannabis industry to shake off its suspicious stigma and show the public that selling weed is legitimate work.
To do that, the father-of-four has put himself and his pot dispensary business front and centre in the new seven-part docu-series TV series Bud Empire, premiering on the History channel June 5 at 10 p.m.
“Hopefully (viewers) will take away the fact that wow this is an actual business and actual industry that people are using,” Kay says.
Kay has been in the marijuana industry for close to 10 years. His compassionate care dispensary BeKind Okanagan Growers and Compassion Club is located in downtown Kelowna.
With legalization likely just days away (the Senate votes on bill C-45 on June 7) Corus Entertainment, the broadcaster behind the show, saw the writing on the wall and the amount of conversation the cannabis industry was generating.
“We were drawn to the show immediately. With cannabis in the Canadian news daily and poised to become legal, we thought this was a timely history in the making concept,” said Lisa Godfrey, VP, original content, original programming: scripted, at Corus. “We were drawn to the characters and how they’re making their way in what is becoming a big business. We feel this is a stand out series for History that’s a little left of centre and would be a topical hit for the schedule.”
When: June 5, 10 p.m.