Parody of The Anti Legalization Marijuana Grower

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s39VUAJE8-A&hl=en_US&fs=1&] I borrowed this from Reason.com. It is a fun watch but it is also indicative of the feeling among smokers that growers are trying to prevent legalization in order to keep prices up at the expense of the consumer and medical patient. This is not what I saw at Tuesday’s “What’s After Pot” meeting.  I saw the majority of

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Visualizing the Current State of Marijuana Laws or Why California Marijuana Growers should Support this Fall's Ballot Measure

Some people are under the delusion that California is  the forefront of the legalize cannabis movement. And we are among the states with the most liberal laws but unless we pass legalization this fall we could face falling behind and, more importantly for our local economy, face even more serious consequences–further drops in marijuana prices. The percentage numbers on some

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Welcome to Pot City

With legalization on the ballot this fall, Humboldt County’s growers and business people are thinking about how to meet the possible challenges.  This week’s North Coast Journal contains an article I wrote about one way to deal with the coming financial challenges. The AP report has pitted smokers against their erstwhile friends–the growers. While there is  definitely some opposition to

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Marijuana Legalization Here We Come: The Tax Cannabis Initiative is on the Ballot

An historic ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in small amounts has easily qualified for this Fall’s election with hundreds of thousands of signatures collected beyond the needed amount.  If it passes, it is going to be a wild ride for growers as the effects of marijuana legalization on the prices of pot are unknown.  Some growers at Tuesday’s meeting in

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Marijuana Farmers Slide off the Mantle of Secrecy: A Grower’s Guild is Born

Placards invite like-minded individuals to sit together at Tuesday night’s meeting known as What’s After Pot. Last night, the Redway Mateel  Center in the southern heart of Humboldt County held a precariously balanced collection of  about 200 people–each of them worried in their own way about how marijuana legalization would change their area. Gathered around long tables with placards defining

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SFGate (The Chronicle Online) Perks Up at the Mention of Post Pot Economy

Tuesday night’s meeting at the Mateel Community Center is drawing attention outside of Southern Humboldt.  This morning’s Times Standard had a nice article  by Donna Tam about the local forum concerning the economic repercussions of marijuana legalization.  KMUD talk show host, Anna “Banana” Hamilton  is working to form a coalition of local business people, growers, county officials, etc. to meet

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SoHumBorn Sunday: ToothFairy

In December 2008, a Southern Humboldt blogger began posting fictional tales of the marijuana culture. Some people were appalled. Most were enthralled. For three months her stories gripped the online community and then, abruptly, she was gone. Even though SoHumBorn pulled her blog, for months her stories were available in the cached version but eventually they, too, were swallowed into

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Our Town

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D91i86CjMIA] A friend sent this to me saying, “I watched it thinking of our home and the changes & struggles we may be facing. I cried a little… I’m afraid. I see a culture and a way of life being pushed out & I can’t be angry because it’s righting a wrong.  [But] I don’t want this to be “our

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