“Every adult should then grow cannabis on a limited area, about 30 grams of the drug and have to consume.”
A journalist from Financial Times Deutschland was up here last month researching a story about the pot economy and the effects of legalization. Since she was interviewing one of my film subjects, I filmed part of the interview. She later interviewed me as well and mentioned the documentary in her story, but that all got cut by her editor. Too bad, because it would have been some good international exposure for the film. She says she plans to be back here for follow-up visits.
The link above is to the original German version. For a good laugh, check out the Google Translate version. (My apologies to Helene, if you’re reading this, for further publicizing the silly translation. I’m sure your original German piece is very well written.)
Kym Kemp, who writes the Redheaded Blackbelt SoHum blog, comments on the article and makes a good point about possible legalization in November:
But besides hilarity that ensues with mistranslation, the piece reinforces some points that locals need to consider. One being that if marijuana is legalized, California would have “the most tolerant marijuana laws in the world – not even in the Netherlands, [is] cannabis cultivation … officially permitted.” We would be the only place in the western world where marijuana growing is permitted albeit on a very very small scale.
(To clarify, Kym is referring to recreational pot, since medical growing has been permitted since Prop 215 passed in 1996.)
Indeed, despite all of its flaws, Tax Cannabis 2010/Prop 19 (as it is officially called now) will be groundbreaking if it passes. What this will mean for the Humboldt and California economies remains to be seen. Hmm, sounds like a good subject for a documentary…