Ecology, Cannabis and the Environment

In the midst of the existential struggle for survival that all small cannabis entrepreneurs are currently experiencing, I’m having an ongoing personal debate: Are cannabis cultivators on the opposing side of the Ecology Movement? The stern opposition of numerous Northern California ecology groups to “pot farmers” is a significant factor in the myriad restrictions we […]

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The Hardscrabble Origins of California’s Fabled “Emerald Triangle” Part Three

Nikki Lastreto and Swami Chaitanya, longtime residents of the country’s marijuana harvesting mecca, continue their historical breakdown of how the area evolved from an underground hippie haven to cannabis cash cow. As we head into the uncharted future of regulated cannabis, the greatest concern for cannabis farmers in the Emerald Triangle is really survival. Not […]

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The Hardscrabble Origins of California’s Fabled “Emerald Triangle” Part Two

Nikki Lastreto and Swami Chaitanya, longtime residents of the country’s marijuana harvesting mecca, continue their historical breakdown of how the area evolved from an underground hippie haven to cannabis cash cow. In our last entry about the founding years of the famed Emerald Triangle, we observed the development of a culture of outlaw cannabis farmers living […]

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The Hardscrabble Origins of California’s Fabled “Emerald Triangle” Part One

The hippie revolution in the San Francisco Bay Area was a time of great change. It was the mid-’70’s, and the Haight Ashbury was scuzzy––hard drugs had hit the streets, and even pot sales could be shady. Conspicuous dealers in open-collared shirts with lots of gold, silver, and turquoise jewelry were holding court in every […]

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The Value of Terroir and Appellations

It has been reported that there is a movement afoot to claim appellations for Mendocino County Cannabis. The rumor is almost correct! It really is much bigger than just one county, it concerns all cannabis producing regions of California and ultimately the whole country, as cannabis becomes legal throughout the United States. The movement is […]

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