HV 5822 .M3 R45 2012
“Marijuana isn’t just marijuana anymore. In today’s complex cannabis culture, exotic, high-powered strains like Blue Dream, Sour Diesel, Grand Daddy Purple, and Green Crack offer a wide variety of flavor, yield, and potency. Meeting this need are innovative growers and backyard botanists who have manipulated the plant into an estimated 2,000 varieties, some with five times the potency of marijuana sold in the 1970s.
In this fascinating account, Jim Rendon gets up close and personal with the people who have transformed the drug, all with the personalities and backgrounds as diverse as the plant itself. The charismatic cast includes a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur; three generations of growers from Humboldt County, California; the famous marijuana personality Jorge Cervantes; and a publicly traded pharmaceutical company.
It is a tale rich in contrast: as medical marijuana gains momentum, the battle over legalization leaves the hard-working outlaws, hippies, and breeders with feet in both worlds, legal and illicit. This timely book shares the important story of a drug of transition from illegal fringe to cultural and commercial mainstream.”
– publisher description