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Monday, October 8, 2018

Wednesday, November 28 - Ryan Stoa on 'Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry'

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Ryan Stoa
reading / discussion / Q&A
Craft Weed:
Family Farming and the
Future of the Marijuana Industry
Wednesday, November 28th, 7:00pm


How the future of post-legalization marijuana farming can be sustainable, local, and artisanal.
 
What will the marijuana industry look like as legalization spreads? Will corporations sweep in and create "Big Marijuana," flooding the market with mass-produced weed? Or will marijuana agriculture stay true to its roots in family farming, and reflect a sustainable, local, and artisanal ethic? In Craft Weed, Ryan Stoa argues that the future of the marijuana industry should be powered by small farms—that its model should be more craft beer than Anheuser-Busch.

     To make his case for craft weed, Stoa interviews veteran and novice marijuana growers, politicians, activists, and investors. He provides a history of marijuana farming and its post-hippie resurgence in the United States. He reports on the amazing adaptability of the cannabis plant and its genetic gifts, the legalization movement, regulatory efforts, the tradeoffs of indoor versus outdoor farms, and the environmental impacts of marijuana agriculture. To protect and promote small farmers and their communities, Stoa proposes a Marijuana Appellation system, modeled after the wine industry, which would provide a certified designation of origin to local crops. A sustainable, local, and artisanal farming model is not an inevitable future for the marijuana industry, but Craft Weed makes clear that marijuana legalization has the potential to revitalize rural communities and the American family farm.

     As the era of marijuana prohibition comes to an end, now is the time to think about what kind of marijuana industry and marijuana agriculture we want. Craft Weed will help us plan for a future that is almost here.


"Most books about the modern marijuana industry are often torn between celebrating legalization's seeming inevitability and sharpening fears about its potential effects. Ryan Stoa's Craft Weed offers something new: a smart, historically accurate, and valuable middle ground that advocates for the benefits of small-scale 'craft' cannabis farming as a means of rebuilding America's agricultural heritage and preventing the rise of marijuana monopolies. By tracing the history of how cannabis has long been produced in the United States, Stoa argues against misguided fears of 'Big Marijuana' and gives actionable, useful advice for the benefits of developing a local, sustainable industry. Well-written and thoroughly researched, Craft Weed is a must-read for anyone who wants the best for this emerging industry's future."
--Emily Dufton, author of Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America


Ryan Stoa is Associate Professor of Law at Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho.


This event is FREE & all are welcome

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