"Verde Noir" combines narrative, documentary and reality TV techniques with handmade music and animation to tell the story of legalizing marijuana in Washington State from the front lines.
Follow Xander and Steve, two black market marijuana growers, as they apply for a Washington Producer/Processor license and navigate hurdles such as finding the money, moving a grow from a closet to greenhouses, paperwork, lobbying efforts, new competition, and the blinding experience of coming out of the closet.
Season 1 follows Xander and Steve as they attempt to transition from the gray medical marijuana market to the regulated retail market in Washington State in 2013 and start a legal marijuana grow, exploring such universal struggles as the transition from a black market to a regulated market, finding investment money, lobbying and medical marijuana.
The Last Days of the Black Market
Xander and Steve work on their medical grow, and decide to embark on a recreational producer/processor license.
The Heroes' Journey
Xander and Steve split up. Xander searches for a good Chemdawg clone and meets a Cannabis Lobbyist, while Steve searches for seed money for their business.
Finding the Money
Steve buckles under the pressure of finding investment money and returns home to ask his mom for help.
Xander finds the Chemdawg and learns about the relationship between medical and recreational marijuana, and medical marijuana and western medicine.