Chronicling pot's role in Emerald Triangle

Correction added August 9, 2013:

This story includes a brief description of the book "Marijuanaland," written by retired Sonoma State University professor Jonah Raskin. The passage is in no way intended to depict the author as being involved in marijuana trafficking. He is a longtime reporter and chronicler of the marijuana trade.?


Emily Brady was 14 when she watched her best friend in Occidental say goodbye to her father on the morning he left to serve a prison sentence for marijuana cultivation.

Her friend ran to her bedroom and shut the door as her younger brother wailed, said Brady, now 36. A notice that the property had been seized and belonged to the FBI hung on the door.

"It seemed like he had gambled his family in a way, this risk he took stuck with me," Brady said in an interview.

Brady's memories of that moment in part fueled her first book, "Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier," which Grand Central Publishing released last week.

In "Humboldt," Brady chronicles four people's relationship with the county's primary cash crop: A 1960s-era back-to-the-lander, a sheriff's deputy, a man growing for the money and a college student who rejects the pot culture around her.

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