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Pot Farms as Tourist Attraction in Northern California

Humbolt County has long been associated with growing marijuana, now some see an opportunity to turn that association into tourist dollars.
November 30, 2016, 10am PST | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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Besides the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, the November 7th election also resulted in the historic passage of Proposition 64 in California, a proposition which legalized recreational marijuana use for personal consumption by growers. In the Golden State, it is already legal to use marijuana for medical purposes. Will Houston writes in The Cannifornian that some in Humboldt County, a region with a long history of producing marijuana, intend, "…to open a cannabis tourism business in the county, which has been able to expand in other weed-legal states like Colorado and Washington."

Some legal questions remain. "As the federal government views marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic, other local tourism agencies like the Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau are taking a watchful approach to the cannabis market," Houston reports. But that's not stopping local entrepenruer Matt Kurth from starting a business in cannabis tours. Houston writes, "the tours wouldn’t be limited to medical marijuana patients, Kurth said. If a tourist didn’t have a medical recommendation, they just couldn’t take any souvenirs."

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Published on Monday, November 28, 2016 in The Cannifornian
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