When Californians voted on Proposition 19âthe Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Actâin November 2010, many expected the state to become the first to fully legalize a Schedule I drug. After all, the pro-legalization movement had huge popular support, medical marijuana was already legal, and, well, pot was the stateâs biggest agricultural money-maker. Tax revenues would be enormous, the legal system relieved, new jobs createdâit seemed like a no-brainer.
But Prop 19 was not only defeated, it was crushed, and the opposition was driven not by Arnold Schwarzenegger or Mothers Against Drunk Drivingâbut by theÂ marijuana growers themselves, who launched a major campaign to keep their product illegal.
To find out, journalist David Rose went beyond the Redwood Curtain of Northern Californiaâseat of the clandestine pot-farming industry and the countryâs largest guerilla economyâand what he discovered was not only eye-opening, but, at times, heart-breaking and, at other times, terrifying. Californiaâs famed pot farmers, it seems, are not the peaceful, laid-back hippies you might imagine.
About: In the spirit of Hunter ThompsonâsÂ Hellâs Angels and Tom WolfeâsÂ TheÂ Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, a first-person account of a boomingÂ California business: weedWhen Californians voted on Proposition 19âthe Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Actâin November 2010, many expected the state to become the first to fully legalize a Schedule I drug.
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