Mainstreaming Marijuana

Fred DeSanto, engineer, attending Life after Legalization–a conference of marijuana activists and businessmen. Unionizing growers?  Last Saturday’s meeting in Ukiah brought Union leader, Dan Rush, from Oakland as well as other business leaders and marijuana activists together.  Below is an excerpt from my article in the North Coast Journal. In response to worries among the cannabis community about how legalization

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KPIX Channel 5–A Failure to Communicate

Here is a link to CBS Channel 5 News’ last night’s story on Garberville and the Emerald Triangle. I’m spending the morning questioning myself. I agreed to be interviewed by Mike Sugarman and Craig Franklin of KPIX Channel 5 News because I wanted to let people outside the area see growers as I do–small farmers besieged by economic concerns.  I

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A Chronic Problem: SF Chronicle Disses Humboldt's Concerns

North Country residents have complained for years that one of their most trusted news sources fails to report correctly and in-depth on North Coast concerns.  This Monday’s article in the San Francisco Chronicle on The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo was another example of the problem. The piece described a  “panel discussion Saturday on how legalization would impact large California

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$$$ $aved When Marijuana Legalized Claims Mint.Com

Mint.com, the popular online money site chose today, 4/20,  to unroll its figures on how marijuana legalization would parse out financially for California. What the study doesn’t take into account is that the amount brought in from taxation would surely be impacted by dropping prices.  However, to counterbalance that concern is the fact that apparently the site counts marijuana as

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Big Agribuisness not Humboldt Grower's Competitor in Near Future

Although much of the concern over legalization swirls around the fear of large international agribusiness co-opting marijuana, in fact, for many reasons, agribusinesses won’t be the growers immediate concern.  According to an excellent series by CNBC (Check it out–I highly recommend it) Seed and agri-chemical maker Monsanto isn’t focused on [growing marijuana], says spokesman Darren Wallis, adding that even if

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