A History of Cannabis in the American West
By Nick Johnson
Oregon State University Press
Marijuana legalization is unfolding across the American West, but cultivation of the cannabis plant is anything but green – unregulated outdoor grows are polluting ecosystems, high-powered indoor grows are churning out an excessive carbon footprint, and the controversial crop is becoming an agricultural boon just as the region faces an unprecedented water crisis. To understand how we got here and how the legal cannabis industry might become more environmentally sustainable, Grass Roots looks at the history of marijuana growing in the American West, from Mexican American growers on sugar beet farms to today’s sophisticated greenhouse gardens.
Nick Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University and a master’s in American History from Colorado State University. A former journalist in his home state of Illinois, he now lives in Denver.
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