Too High to Fail

Too High to Fail

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The first in-depth look at the burgeoning legal cannabis industry and how the a€œnew green economya€ is shaping our country The nationa€™s economy is in trouble, but therea€™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 cannabisa€™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 Prohibitiona€”and its repeala€”Too High to Fail isna€™t a commune-dwellera€™s utopian rant, ita€™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 insidera€™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 Americansa€”whether or not they inhale. Ita€™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 a€œganjaprenneur.a€Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution Doug Fine ... jokes about his own pauncha€”he had no problem with my taking a smiling photo of him and Tomas posing side by side in front of, you know, ... No nitrogen deficiency this day.

Title:Too High to Fail
Author:Doug Fine
Publisher:Penguin - 2012-08-02


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