AUGUST 29, 2011

High Country News contributing editor Matt Jenkins teams up with filmmakers Tyler Meason and Jennilyn Merten to produce an in-depth investigative story and short documentary introducing the marijuana community of California’s notorious “Emerald Triangle” and its struggle to bring a shadow economy into the light.

The trio traveled to what Jenkins dubs “the heart of what may the biggest false-fronted economy in the U.S.” to follow pot growers, marketers and officials as they navigate their way into the weird territory of legitimizing an industry long underground. And if the amount of money involved is any indication — the annual crop is worth an estimated $13.8 billion in California alone — the spotlight will get brighter and brighter.

Visit GANJANOMICS to see this in-depth package of coverage.

HCN publisher, Paul Larmer, author Matt Jenkins and filmmakers Tyler Measom and Jennilyn Merten are available for interviews. You may also wish to reprint this story and video through our syndication services. Contact information is below.

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