[T]he legal sales of marijuana reached $10 billion in 2017. Legalisation for recreational purposes in nine states (California, Oregon, Nevada, Vermont, Alska, Massachusetts, Maine, Colorado and Washington) has created a flourishing new industry which has changed the landscape of American politics, culture and has made strains like OG Kush a household name. H. Lee (a pseudonym) travelled north of San Francisco, where amidst the Redwoods and Douglas Firs there’s a hidden network of Marijuana farms. He navigated through the dense flora to photograph the farms and the people who make a living there for his book Grassland.
“It is an eclectic group, bound together by a deep knowledge of growing techniques, along with a strong distrust for outsiders; suspicion is a necessary survival trait. These farmers are lured by the single magical and medicinal plant; a plant whose cultivation or possession holds the promise of profit, coupled with possible jail time. As state and local laws, along with public acceptance, are now changing, this once-furtive farming community is coming out of its greenhouses, building bigger ones and growing giant plants in full sun, less fearful of the hum of helicopters, more exposed and confident than ever before.”
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