Humboldt: Life on Americas Marijuana Frontier by Emily BradyIn the vein of Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief and Deborah Feldman’s Unorthodox, journalist Emily Brady journeys into a secretive subculture — built on marijuana.
Outside the United States, the words ‘Humboldt County’ mean little. Inside the United States — the home of the war on drugs — those words might prompt a knowing grin. For many people, the name is infamous, and yet the place and its inhabitants have been nearly impenetrable. Until now.
Humboldt is a narrative exploration of this insular community in northern California, which for nearly 40 years has existed primarily on the cultivation and sale of marijuana. It’s a place where business is done with thick wads of cash, and savings are buried in the backyard. In Humboldt County, marijuana supports everything from fire departments to schools. As legalisation looms, the community stands at a crossroads, and its inhabitants are deeply divided — some want to claim their rightful heritage as master growers and have their livelihood legitimised, while others want to continue reaping the inflated profits of the black market.
Emily Brady spent a year living with the highly secretive residents of Humboldt County, and her cast of eccentric, intimately drawn characters take us into a fascinating alternate universe. It’s the story of a small town that became dependent on a forbidden plant, and of how everything is changing as marijuana goes mainstream.
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In Proposition 19 was on the ballot in California. If passed, the proposition would have legalized marijuana in the state, and authorized the state government to regulate, control, and tax cannabis. This possibility attracted the attention of Emily Brady, born and raised in Northern California, at that time working as a journalist in New York City. Her original vision was a book on the legalization of marijuana in California. Despite the defeat of Proposition 19, Ms. Brady has found a story: the lives of the people living in Humboldt County, California, the marijuana-producing capital of the United States located a few hundred miles north of San Francisco.
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