Back-to-the-landers who created the state's cannabis-growing industry decades ago may be left behind when the button-down crowd takes control of the new era of legal weed.
During the social revolution of the '60s and '70s, cannabis was an emblem of rebellion. For many, smoking pot was a way to thumb their noses at a repressive society that had falsely demonized the free-growing weed as addictive and dangerous. And when back-to-the-landers fled San Francisco and Berkeley for the northland hills of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity counties, cannabis farming allowed them an alternative to button-down conformity. By growing cannabis, they could live off the grid and create their own lifestyles. Simply put, cannabis allowed them an outlaw freedom.