LA Times Asks "Is Humboldt's Competitive Advantage in Growing Pot, or in Growing Pot Illegally?

Anna Hamilton:Organizer of the What’s After Pot Forum “Is Humboldt’s competitive advantage in growing pot, or in growing pot illegally?”  That is the $64 million dollar question asked today by LA Times reporter Sam Quinones. The article at the time of this writing was barely two hours old yet it was already the number two viewed story today. The thoughtful

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Other End of the Line: SoHumBorn Sunday

 Neighbor’s Daughter (not related to the events of the story but evoking the fragility of the little girl in the story’s world) 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.

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SoHumBorn Sunday: Unexpected Company

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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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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