Marijuana is emerging among California's vineyards, offering promise and concern

Pot is emerging among California's vineyards, offering promise and concern

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif. — It is the fall harvest here in this fertile stretch of oaks and mountains that produces some of the nation ’s best wine. This season, however, workers also are plucking the sticky, fragrant flowers of a fresh crop.

Marijuana is emerging among the vineyards, not as a rival to the valley’s grapes but as a high-value commodity that could help reinvigorate a fading agricultural tradition across the state’s Central Coast. Brushed by sea breeze, cannabis has taken root, offering promise and prompting the age-old question of whether there can be too much of a good thing.

Cannabis has been completely legal in California for less than a year, and no location is generating more interest in it than the stretch of coast from Monterey to here in Santa Barbara County, where farmers now hold more marijuana cultivation licenses than in any other county.

Published at Sun, 11 Nov 2018 13:04:54 +0000

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