Tucked in the north western coastal mountains of northern California lies the most famous cannabis cultivation area in the world: the Emerald Triangle. Comprising Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties, the Emerald Triangle has developed more than fifty years of experience of craft cannabis cultivation techniques.
Where I grew up, pot was as common as drinking beer. It was and still is embedded in the culture. I am fourth generation northern Californian, and smoked my first joint when I was 13 years old. By the time I turned eighteen, I was traveling the world and studying abroad whenever possible. After earning my BA in International Studies at UC Irvine in 2002, I wandered.
The San Francisco Bay Area has a history of radical social movements and progressive agendas. For decades, marginalized outliers of society have sought sanctuary in the city itself. For the counterculture movement, the LGBT community, and cannabis activists, San Francisco has been the place where movements and communities have organized, strategized, and mobilized their collective voice and agenda.
Imagine San Rafael, California 1971, meet ‘The Waldos’. A gang of five high school stoner athletes that used to hang ‘by the wall’ at San Rafael High School back in the day. As the story goes, these jokers caught wind of an abandoned cannabis grow out in the Point Reyes National Forest. They were even given a vague description as to the approximate location of the grow.