Santa Cruz County Prepares for Recreational Cannabis Market

[Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part series on the changes coming to the cannabis market on Jan. 1. Part two runs in our December 20, 2017 issue.]

 

Tim Blake, founder of the Emerald Cup, was an 18-year-old Soquel High student when he started dealing bud, just as the industry began to bloom in California. During the last bloody years of the Vietnam War, large quantities of hash from Asia, and pot via Oaxaca and South America, started pouring into cities along the West Coast. By the mid-’70s it was an organized marketplace, he says, with 100,000-pound loads arriving 10 to 15 times a year on freighters from as far

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