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  • Economies of vice

    Economies of vice

    If marijuana becomes fully legal and taxable, it won't be the first time authorities have learned that it's easier - and more profitable - to manage vice than to try to eliminate it.

  • Ganjanomics: bringing Humboldt's shadow economy into the light

    Ganjanomics: bringing Humboldt's shadow economy into the light

    Marijuana growers and government officials in California's notorious "Emerald Triangle" work towards legitimizing the local cash crop.

  • Must our water always flow uphill toward money?

    Must our water always flow uphill toward money?

    Bottled water is a silly idea anyway, but Nestle’s plans to bottle spring water from the high desert of Chaffee County, Colo., are beyond absurd.

  • Pieces of the economic puzzle

    The West’s small towns have always been subject to boom-and-bust economies, and even when the coal mines close and the factories move overseas, new economic engines will likely take their place

  • Speaking up for rural Oregonians: Judge Laura Pryor

    Judge Laura Pryor of Gilliam County, Ore., has led the charge to create the Eastern Oregon Rural Alliance to help eastern Oregon’s small rural communities

  • Waxing and waning in the Modern West

    Collaborative conservation may help revive both endangered prairie ecosystems and the struggling farm communities of the Great Plains

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