Madness on a Marijuana Grow: An Article in Mainstream Press Looks at a Pot Farm
I thought a weed farm was kind of like a Christmas tree farm. You plant seeds, water them, let nature do its thing, and when it’s time and they’re big enough, you chop them down and sell them, make your money, and everyone has a merry Christmas. The end.
It’s not. “All it takes is one bad run,” Nelson says, “and you lose your entire ass in this game.” There’s an endless list of things that can go wrong. The wind can wipe out your crop; the plants can all stress out and hermaphrodite on you; you can lose them to gophers, deer, caterpillars, spider mites, broad mites, bud rot, mold, powdery mildew, thieves, or a bad crew; if it’s too dark in the greenhouses, you can end up with larfy-ass buds, which means they’re too fluffy; and you can overfertilize and burn your plants chemically.
He also details the descent into madness with his terrifying boss.
And then there’s the murder talk.
“I swear to God I’ll kill their whole fucking family!!! Each and every fucking one of them! Stab them, rip their fucking hearts out, and bury
One morning, as we drive to the dump, Eric is extolling the virtues of a gluten-free diet when he suddenly asks if I ever get thoughts in my head of killing people.
The article references the story of the Laytonville grower whose trimmers allegedly murdered him which adds to the ugliness and to the authenticity of the story.
In the end, the author leaves behind both the farm and a co-worker, a female, who eventually gets “ripped off” by the creepy boss. She tells the author though that she continues to work in the industry for much nicer bosses.
[S]he tells me she worked a couple of days at a camp where they paid their trimmers $200 a pound and brought in dozens of lobsters and bottles of expensive tequila for everyone.
We’re curious—what were your experiences? Mostly good? Mostly bad? Is this article some version of Reefer Madness the movie in print form? Or does it accurately depict at least some of the living conditions on these grows.