As several states around the country wrestle with issues regarding marijuana legalization, reporter and writer Emily Brady’s new book, “Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier,” could help educate Americans on what happens in a community based around marijuana.
Brady spent a year living in Humboldt County in Northern California, which has subsisted largely on the growing and sale of marijuana for decades. It helps fund its fire department and schools but also presents several problems as well.
“I found this community that was entirely economically dependent on marijuana and dug into the story of how that happens and the amazing things that come from it and the horrible things that come from it.”
Although Brady says the situation in Humboldt County is unique — “It’s kind of a lawless place … They’re the marijuana moonshiners and they’ve been doing this for decades,” she says — she does have some thoughts about marijuana policy at a national, policy level.
She does think that marijuana legalization will eventually be the law of the land — “more and more states every year are adopting medical marijuana which I think softens the boogeyman” — and thinks that some of the problems present in Humboldt County need to be thought of through a different prism.
“When you read the book, some bad stuff happens in it. But I would like readers to question, does it happen because of marijuana? Or does it happen because it’s illegal? …