Pot-grower’s paradise is lawman’s limbo
Latest LA Times look at Humboldt County.
In a region where marijuana is not merely tolerated but is a pillar of the economy, there isn’t much a deputy can do but play along with the fantasies that surround semi-legal weed: that unemployed 20-somethings who buy $50,000 trucks earned the money legally; that supply shops for marijuana farmers are innocent home-and-garden centers; that growers who flash medical marijuana cards are not producing for sale but solely for their own medical needs.
“Cheech and Chong cannot smoke that much dope,” [Humboldt Deputy Sheriff Robert] Hamilton said.
[Photo credit Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times.]