Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution
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The nation's economy is in trouble, but one cash crop has the potential to turn it around: cannabis. ABC News reports that underground cannabis industry produces $35.8 billion in annual revenues. But, thanks to Nixon and the War on Drugs, marijuana is still synonymous with heroin on the federal level even though it has won mainstream acceptance. Too High to Fail is an objectively (if humorously) reported account of how one plant can change the shape of our country, culturally, politically, and economically. It covers everything from a brief history of hemp to an insider's perspective on a growing season in Mendocino County, where cannabis drives 80 percent of the economy. Doug Fine follows one plant from seed to patient in the first American county to fully legalize and regulate cannabis farming. He profiles a critical issue to lawmakers, media pundits, an ordinary Americans. It is a wild ride that includes college tuitions paid with cash, cannabis-friendly sheriffs, and access to the world of the emerging legitimate, taxpaying "ganjaprenneur."
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that it actually augments the efficacy of AIDS treatments). In one famous case, Donald Tashkin at UCLA began investigating the harmful effects of inhaled marijuana on the lungs of 243 cannabis smokers. After eight years, he found in 1997 that “the long-term study of heavy, habitual marijuana smokers argues against the concept that continuing heavy use of marijuana is a significant risk factor for the development of chronic lung disease.”* In fact, other studies have concluded that cannabis
marijuana than I care to remember, but it didn’t amount to one bit of good for our citizens. Keeping marijuana illegal doesn’t do anything to reduce marijuana use, but it does benefit the gangs and cartels who control the currently illegal marijuana trade. —Tony Ryan, board member, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) During my first several weeks as a Mendocino County resident, I didn’t completely get the lifestyle memo. People kept trying to send it, but my mind couldn’t grasp the
exposed from above.” Diesel generators kept electric bills from getting suspiciously high during the depth of cannabis prohibition, but massive petroleum use, obviously, isn’t sustainable. The plants that will thrive in outdoor cultivation’s renaissance will be like radio stars who could also make it in television: The lights are much brighter. Labs like Rock’s—there are dozens in Mendo—are where the next-generation strains are developed. Rock’s farm was old-school, well-hidden and
but not necessarily to anyone else on the planet. For instance, we briefly did a blind scent test of five strains—with the nasal palate cleansed by a whiff of coffee grounds between samples. Tomas had been talking the vintner’s talk about “pine-infused” Sour Diesels this and “fruitier” sativas that. Several of us wanted to see if, when it came down to it, he could really tell the difference between strains. He got three of five right. Stella got two. I got one. “You’re, ah, snipping