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Marijuana Inc. – Inside the Booming Pot Industry

Tonight CNBC is (re)airing an amazing show called “Marijuana Inc.: Inside America’s Pot Industry.” CNBC has aired the special a couple times now, but if you’ve missed it, or haven’t heard of it yet, you should check it out. It’s an interesting look into what CNBC calls a “thriving industry…raking in what’s estimated to be tens of billions of dollars nationwide.”

I lived in California for several years and had no idea that people were growing it in their back yards in the Northern Part of the state, with little, if any resistance from law enforcement. Learn more about what they call the “Marijuana Triangle” tonight on CNBC. Check your local listing for showtimes.

From the CNBC website:

While it may not be traded on Wall Street any time soon, marijuana has become a booming cash crop. CNBC’s Trish Regan goes behind the scenes to explore the inner workings of this secretive industry, focusing on Northern California’s “Emerald Triangle,” now the marijuana capital of the U.S. In this scenic pocket of America, the pot business, much of it legal under state law, now makes up as much as two-thirds of the local economy.

Marijuana Inc [CNBC.com]

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jim // Mar 16, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I saw part of this 2-3 weeks ago. What a shame that in a nation of laws, cash trumps the law in cases like this one! I am thankful for those who are trying to enforce the law.

  • 2 Curtis Reddehase // Mar 19, 2009 at 8:05 am

    I missed this. A billion dollar industry? Is it a wonder we are losing the so called war on drugs?

  • 3 Los Angeles lofts // Mar 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    We could solve our deficit problems with a tax on this. While pot is illegal we are spending more money fighting it instead of making money taxing it. Pot is far less harmfull than alcohol so what are we so worried about.

  • 4 designer sofas // May 2, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Marijuana (grass, pot, weed) is the common name for a crude drug made from the plant Cannabis sativa. The main mind-altering (psychoactive) ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), but more than 400 other chemicals also are in the plant. A marijuana “joint” (cigarette) is made from the dried particles of the plant. The amount of THC in the marijuana determines how strong its effects will be. The type of plant, the weather, the soil, the time of harvest, and other factors determine the strength of marijuana. The strength of today’s marijuana is as much as ten times greater than the marijuana used in the early 1970s. This more potent marijuana increases physical and mental effects and the possibility of health problems for the user. Hashish, or hash, is made by taking the resin from the leaves and flowers of the marijuana plant and pressing it into cakes or slabs. Hash is usually stronger than crude marijuana and may contain five to ten times as much THC. Pure THC is almost never available, except for research. Substances sold as THC on the street often turn out to be something else, such as PCP.

    What are some of the immediate effects of smoking marijuana?
    Some immediate physical effects of marijuana include a faster heartbeat and pulse rate, bloodshot eyes, and a dry mouth and throat. No scientific evidence indicates that marijuana improves hearing, eyesight, and skin sensitivity. Studies of marijuana’s mental effects show that the drug can impair or reduce short-term memory, alter sense of time, and reduce ability to do things which require concentration, swift reactions, and coordination, such as driving a car or operating machinery.

    Are there any other adverse reactions to marijuana?
    A common bad reaction to marijuana is the “acute panic anxiety reaction.” People describe this reaction as an extreme fear of “losing control,” which causes panic. The symptoms usually disappear in a few hours.

  • 5 Joseph Stosal // Jul 9, 2009 at 5:25 am

    I believe they should legalize marijuana in 50 states but control how many plants for personal consumption and if you go over the legal limit then charge a nominal tax for it and I truly that would offset the deficet the country.

  • 6 Cary Real Estate Blog // Aug 18, 2009 at 4:01 am

    We could solve our deficit problems with a tax on this. While pot is illegal we are spending more money fighting it instead of making money taxing it. Pot is far less harmfull than alcohol so what are we so worried about.

  • 7 Lord Rain // Dec 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Looking at everything that has been happening, I have decided to also throw some two cents in to this. I, personally, am a big fan of Marijuana and all it’s wonderful qualities, when used safely and responsibly. While I always say that I am for legalization, I am for legalization in a manner different than most pot heads would be leaning. I am all about the medical legalization, but to be honest, it’s medicinal purposes truly are limited, and unfortuately, ill-intentioned prescriptions are quite often written. Seeing it from the stand point of the DEA, this is a new thing for the US, and the problem they are seeing out of it is that it’s going a direction that prescription pills once were — doctors are giving it out like candy to make the money off of it. Alcohol was a victim of a prohibition at one point, much like our much debated topic at hand, here. However, I can personally say that I’ve lost my cool in the past from drinking, and I’ve snapped a lid and ended up in jail. I can’t say that Marijuana has ever pushed me to a point of anger, nor can anyone else I know say that. So, surely, while alcohol is legal, it’s a MUCH more dangerous foe than our little stick THC producing friends that are the victim of a bad rap. THC does wonders for pain relief, as well as bad anxiety — They say that the most common “adverse” reaction to Marijuana is an anxious feeling of lost control — The concept on this is, there are different strains out there with different effects. On top of this, everyone handles things differently. However, let’s say you get a strain that causes these adverse reaction? Ok, well turn on the radio and listen to the country songs and the rap songs and drowning sorrows in the bottom of a bottle. Alcohol is a major depressant depending on your state of mind at the time of consumption — What the hell makes you think pot is any different? Some extremely potent indicas can cause a VERY brutal sense of depression if you’ve got a lot on your mind to begin with. So now, we have a challenge of the same symptoms being present in two different mind-altering substances. What differentiates one as right and wrong? Well, alcohol and Marijuana both have health risks associated with it. Any time you put smoke in your lungs, you can safely assume that SOME part of SOME chemical somewhere is carcinogenic. The same thing with alcohol — alcohol has killed more people that Marijuana ever has. However, the only difference is noone died from a bullet or execution over alcohol — at least, not since it’s been legalized. Prior to that, during the prohibition when capone got his name for himself, people were dying left and right over alcohol. So, now again, we have two substances both with a brutal history and track record, but ONE of them is legal, and the other is not… ? Now, what do I feel will happen with legalization for personal consumption of Marijuana without a medical excuse? Well, employers would certainly still maintain the right to drug test and fired employees at will for drug use. You can bet your ass that people will be losing jobs left and right. On top of that, we already have the millions of burn outs already saying it’s ok to smoke and drive and blah blah blah, imagine the legalization across the US of this psychoactive chemical in a world where children are being told by teens, essentially role models in t heir lives, that Marijuana doesn’t affect your ability to work or drive, etc, and then they get ahold of a few nugs of Grand Daddy Purp and end up running off a cliff because the 70 mph they were driving seemed like 20. Don’t get me wrong, as I stated before, I am a HUGE Marijuana advocate — but I’m just not sure that the world in which we live TODAY is capable of handling the mass legalization of such a thing. Something like this has to be done PROPERLY. It can be done, BUT, federal AND state authorities need to communicate with one another and make it happen and do it properly. As it stands, a man in Colorado is facing THIRTY YEARS for being a COMPLETELY legal, legit and up front dispensery. The reason the DEA raided him, along with 12 other dispenseries, was due to it being federally illegal, even though state guidelines were followed to the T. Now, tell me, do you think our GOVERNMENT is ready for this legalization?

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