Recently some light-dep Green Crack and Blue Dream nugs were gifted to HU – both impressive; the true fruit of the hills of Northern Cali. Interestingly Wonderland Nursery advertised both these strains on fliers inserted in the local weekly (The North Coast Journal). A cutting of Green Crack was given the front page – $10 for a start, $15 potted. Blue Dream shared the second page with OG Sour and Ghost OG. Finding it unique that the fresh and expertly grown cannabis HU had been provided was the same pheno-type that wonderland nursery was advertising, HU set out to compare the strains.
HU staff started researching info to write a cannabis review. Great idea, right? Here’s the industry, full circle, right in our hands – cutting to nug, cool! Looking on the Internet, HU shortly realized that Leafly.com had already made strain reviews somewhat obsolete. They kill the strain review game. Feeling defeated, our collective minds shifted back to our week of reading local cannabis industry media and that’s when we decided to take a step back and figure out all the moving parts of Humboldt’s’ frantically emerging cannabis industry.
I mean nugs – Green Crack and Blue Dream – cool, right? First light-dep of the year coming out of our hills, cool right? Yah, but what’s more interesting is the story these two nugs produce. Not their yield, or terpene profile, or lineage, or the type of high; what’s interesting is the potential route these nugs took from cutting to our vape and all the ecological, economic, and social commotion these nugs make. HU staff and contributors have been frustrated for years with the inaction Humboldt County has shown in preparing for cannabis legalization but all of a sudden the pound (turkey bagged of course) has hit the fan.
After years of nothing (predominantly is probably a more accurate word choice here) but crime reports and law enforcement scare tactics, HU staff has noticed an explosion of cannabis advocacy, media, and industry. Mostly fledgling – none-the-less exciting – a potential legal industry is popping out of the illegal woodwork. Finally we are seeing residents’ frame cannabis as normal (as opposed to criminal or medical). Of course this is accompanied by push back from typical opponents of cannabis legalization but HU has also noticed some new voices emerge out of Humboldt’s cannabis culture. The following will highlight some of these new voices and try to make sense of their claims.