Kentucky farmer Scott Essex calls hemp “God’s plant” because it produces CBD (cannabidiol), an extract that can relieve pain, depression and anxiety. The way he sees it, when hemp was illegal, his family and friends suffered. Now, after its legalization, Essex is partnering with a product manufacturer to experiment with plant breeds and organic growing methods. Through this film, he introduces us to the promise as well as challenges of his farming venture.
Two farming families — one in France and one in California — navigate the burden of history and the inevitability of change as one generation prepares to pass the farm onto the next. Drawing parallels between France’s long-held winemaking traditions and the up-and-coming legal cannabis industry, this film transcends language and culture in its depiction of two multi-generational families. They may be worlds apart, but they find themselves on common ground — navigating family tension and the tightrope walk between tradition and reinvention.