Sunday, January 25, 2009

CNBC digs around Mendocino's Drug Culture

It's always funny to watch your small town on television.  I can see the familiar streets, Schat's Bakery (where I buy bread every Saturday), the Coffee Critic, and all kinds of views of the Ukiah Valley, Mendocino, and Potter Valley that I see every day. 

Well, now the nation gets the taste of the Drug Culture that I've been discussing, thanks to CNBC.  The channel is showing Marijuana Inc., which looks at the pot industry in the "Emerald Triangle" (Mendocino, Humbolt, and Trinity counties), although the focus is right here in good old Ukiah. 

One particular story is very familiar.  Joy Tucker from Potter Valley (10 minutes north of Ukiah) had enough of the pot gardens and moved away from the drug infested little nook that is P.V.  She also talks about working at Oak Manor Elementary School here in Ukiah, and regularly smelling the odor of weed on the kids when they came to school.  Think that's bad, try dealing with the culture with high school students.

The argument against the elimination is economic.  That might be half true with tiny towns like Laytonville or Willits, but the entire county wouldn't collapse when businesses would be more attracted to a beautiful area without a pot problem.

CNBC's Marijuana Inc.

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