Too High to Fail Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution

ISBN-10: 1592407099

ISBN-13: 9781592407095

Edition: 2012

Authors: Doug Fine

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The first in-depth look at the burgeoning legal cannabis industry and how the “new green economy” is shaping our countryThe nation’s economy is in trouble, but there’s one cash crop that has the potential to turn it around: cannabis (also known as marijuana and hemp).  According to Time, the legal medicinal cannabis economy already generates $200 million annually in taxable proceeds from a mere two hundred thousand registered medical users in just fourteen states.But, thanks to Nixon and the War on Drugs, cannabis is still synonymous with heroin on the federal level even though it has won mainstream acceptance nationwide.ABC News reports that underground cannabis’s $35.8 billion annual revenues already exceed the combined value of corn ($23.3 billion) and wheat ($7.5 billion). Considering the economic impact of Prohibition—and its repeal—Too High to Fail isn’t a commune-dweller’s utopian rant, it’s an objectively (if humorously) reported account of how one plant can drastically change the shape of our country, culturally, politically, and economically.Too High to Fail covers everything from a brief history of hemp to an insider’s perspective on a growing season in Mendocino County, where cannabis drives 80 percent of the economy (to the tune of $6 billion annually). Investigative journalist Doug Fine follows one plant from seed to patient in the first American county to fully legalize and regulate cannabis farming. He profiles an issue of critical importance to lawmakers, media pundits, and ordinary Americans—whether or not they inhale. It’s a wild ride that includes swooping helicopters, college tuitions paid with cash, cannabis-friendly sheriffs, and never-before-gained access to the world of the emerging legitimate, taxpaying “ganjaprenneur.”
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/2/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Author's Note
The Players
Introductory Position Paper: If You Were Inclined to Stereotype, Incline, the Other Way
Preface: Yes, But Does the Topic Pass the Rwanda Test?
The Day a Cannabis Farmer Cried Out, "Thank God, the Police!"
Adventures with Vioxx
If Your Cancer Treatment Options Can Cost You Your Job, You Might Be Living Under a Policy in Need of Change
Reporting to you from Inside the Bubble within the Bubble within the Bubble
The End of "Green, Leafy" as Cultural Profanity and the Birth of the Redneck Hippie
Setting Industry Standards for a Post-Drug War Craft Cannabis Market
Redneck Hippie Capitalism
A Valuable Truck Burying
Intergenerational Neighborhood Relations in Cannabis Culture
Replication of the Clones
Birth of the Lucille Triplets and Tomas's Crop Comes Home
Lucille's Gregor Mendel
The Zip-Tie Program Comes of Age, Musically, Before My Eyes
The Mostly Volunteer Kama Karma Work Crew Arrives
A Farmer is a Farmer Is a Farmer
Emergence of a Sustainable Outdoor Cannabis Cultivator
Collective Farming in the Time of Helicopters
Punks in Paradise: Seeing the Behavior from Which the Human Lucille's Concerns Derive
A Modern Agricultural Businessman Prepares for a Fourth of July Regulatory Inspection
The Zip-Tie Program Survives the Federal Eye
How a Plastic Zip Tie Undergoes a 50,000 Percent Markup and Becomes an Insurance Policy
In Which I Discover That I Had Already Run the Gauntlet-and Learn of the Northstone Two
Panzer's Paradox
Redirecting Prison, Inc.
Lucille Harvest Emergency
Trimming with Buds
The Stigma Front: Should Storefront Cannabis Dispensaries Be Relegated to Red Light Districts?
Bubble Breach
The Thirteen-Billion-Dollar Economic Hit
Meet the Patients
Pharmakon and the Complex Molecule
Visions of the Coming Drug Peace: The Tipping Point for Cannabis Reclassification and Regulation
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