Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier

Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier

Emily Brady


within the vein of Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief and Deborah Feldman's Unorthodox, journalist Emily Brady trips right into a secretive subculture--one that marijuana equipped.

Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier

Say the phrases "Humboldt County" to a stranger and also you may perhaps obtain a realizing grin. The identify is notorious, and but where, and its population, were approximately impenetrable. until eventually now.

Humboldt is a story exploration of an insular neighborhood in Northern California, which for almost forty years has existed totally on the cultivation and sale of marijuana. it is a position the place enterprise is completed with thick wads of money and rate reductions are buried within the yard. In Humboldt County, marijuana helps every thing from hearth departments to colleges, however it comes with a heavy rate. As legalization looms, the group stands at a crossroads and its population are deeply divided at the issue--some are looking to declare their rightful historical past as grasp growers and feature their livelihood legitimized, others are looking to proceed reaping the inflated earnings of the black industry.

Emily Brady spent a yr residing with the hugely secretive citizens of Humboldt County, and her forged of eccentric, in detail drawn characters take us right into a attention-grabbing, exchange universe. it is the tale of a small city that grew to become depending on a forbidden plant, and of the way every little thing is altering as marijuana is going mainstream.

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