The New York Times Profiles Hmong Marijuana Farmers in the Emerald Triangle
The piece is a fascinating look at the way one ethnic group is meshing with the predominately white culture of this remote rural area. “In a county that is more than 85 percent white, the Hmong are conspicuous,” reports the Times. “Their assimilation is still a work in progress, residents say.”
Like many small growers, the Hmong, according to the article, are worried about how they will survive the legalization process. The story stated,
The elder Mr. Vang said that while the Hmong felt at home in Trinity County, he was not sure how long they would stay. The regulations that county and state officials are imposing on marijuana growers — every growing plot must have a house to certain specifications — are driving many Hmong to question the future profitability of the business. Small-scale growers across the state are increasingly up against much larger industrial farms….
Mr. Vang said he hoped the Hmong would get permits and make Trinity County a more permanent home.
“If they allow us to grow, the Hmong will stay,” he said.