by David Downs
The Colorado-based freelance journalist obtained a medical marijuana card in 2009 and started growing the maligned herb as research for Pot, Inc. What emerges is a compelling, fact-filled-yet-breezy eye-level account of day-to-day life in the world of legal weed, with perspectives of activists, growers, operators — and federal agents.
Here's his description of Broadsterdam, Denver:
“Once it crosses under the I-25 overpass, the pavement crumbles, traffic slows to two lanes in each direction, and the neighborhood goes to seed. The one and two-story buildings fronting South Broadway were built in the 1950s and '60s, around the same time their upkeep seems to have ended. They're home to an assortment of lonesome greasy spoons, used-car dealerships, shady-looking taverns, and tattoo parlors. But those stores aren't what visitors notice — it's the neon or painted pot leaves on nearly every block that draw the most attention.”
We can't recall a contemporary books that's so effectively captured the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings of working the weed beat: the crowded, makeshift clinics, the boring city council meetings, the marginal dispensary neighborhoods — and that's just by the third chapter.
Make sure to pick up a copy of Pot, Inc. and say hi to Greg on Saturday at 6 p.m. at 1600 Broadway Ave. in Oakland at our: “HOME GROWN AUTHOR NIGHT”!