Bud Men

Despite the risks, local pot farmers have taken homegrown high-tech

"But what bothers me is that I'm a nonviolent person, and they put nonviolent people in prison for a minimum of five years," he complains. "You have some nonviolent people who are growing some marijuana to sell to friends of theirs, who consume a lot of marijuana, and so now we don't have to drive through a dangerous neighborhood at night looking to score a dime bag. You can go see your friend, who's probably a business person and maybe a college graduate, who will sell you an ounce, or a pound.

"I used to sell business people pounds for $5000," he recalls. "So you do a $5000 deal, and there's never any guns involved. So yeah, somebody's growing 100, 200 plants in a big operation, but it's not what they call a 'criminal organization.' The only thing criminal about it is that the government keeps making it illegal.

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