Joint Ventures: Inside America's Almost Legal Marijuana Industry [NOOK Book]

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"Regan finds . . . that things are hardly that simple, or mellow, in the marijuana game. It long ago became a big business and today in many areas is moving toward legitimacy."
—RICHARD HUFF, New York Daily News

"A crisp, informative report on America's creeping legalization of reefer in the guise of medical marijuana. The momentum only grows as businessmen and bureaucrats get addicted to the cash that legal marijuana generates."
—GLENN GARVIN, The Miami Herald

"[Regan] cuts ...

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Overview

"Regan finds . . . that things are hardly that simple, or mellow, in the marijuana game. It long ago became a big business and today in many areas is moving toward legitimacy."
—RICHARD HUFF, New York Daily News

"A crisp, informative report on America's creeping legalization of reefer in the guise of medical marijuana. The momentum only grows as businessmen and bureaucrats get addicted to the cash that legal marijuana generates."
—GLENN GARVIN, The Miami Herald

"[Regan] cuts through the smoke and sheds light on the booming billion-dollar trade some now call the new gold rush. [She] reports from northern California's 'Emerald Triangle'—long considered the U.S. pot growing capital, and follows the tales of growers—otherwise average law abiding citizens—and the law enforcement officials who work to shut them down. Regan delves into the increasingly dark side of the biz that is rife with gangs, violence, and agricultural pollution."
—Don Kaplan, New York Post

"Trish Regan explores the inner workings of an industry that lights up the economy by an estimated tens of billions of dollars nationwide. But according to the program, every American is an unpaid, unwitting party to the process: pot gardens have been established by outlaw growers in national parks and other public lands, where an estimated 70 percent of domestic, outdoor marijuana is now grown. Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it."
—FRAZIER MOORE, Associated Press

"A solid special with a well-supported and inescapable conclusion: the commerce is unlikely to change, and the law has only a slim chance of doing more than containing the most violence-prone offenders. When it comes to marijuana, a whole lot of people voted some time ago to just say yes."
—DAVID HINCKLEY, New York Daily News

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this important follow-up to her two CNBC documentaries covering similar territory, journalist Regan profiles cannabis growers, dispensary owners, and the founder of Oaksterdam University ("the first formal school for marijuana in the United States"), as well as cops, legalization opponents, and people who've lost big after making millions. Regan clearly exposes the inconsistencies between state and federal law and the illogical hurdles that make growing even legal medicinal marijuana incredibly risky. Some of her heroes include growers who are willing to be named, pay taxes, and actively embody a challenge to the "stoner" stereotype—essentially normal people looking to create a family-run business while also advocating for the openness and transparency that could make the industry benefit everyone involved. A particularly illuminating section describes the decriminalization of all drugs in Portugal, which had been suffering from widespread heroin addiction, overcrowded jails, and rising rates of HIV. Since the change in policy, deaths from overdoses dropped considerably, new HIV cases fell, and the number of people seeking treatment doubled. Overall, Regan's first book provides a measured cross-section of what's at stake. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118007952
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 546,830
  • File size: 639 KB

Meet the Author

Trish Regan
TRISH REGAN co-anchors The Call every week-day¿morning on CNBC. A multi-Emmy-nominated journalist, she also reports for CNBC's documentary unit, Today, and NBC Nightly News. Her 2008 documentary special Marijuana, Inc. and 2010 sequel Marijuana USA garnered more viewers than any other documentary in CNBC's history.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

1 Potholes: The Challenges of the Marijuana Business.

2 The Mile High City: An Emerging Market of Pot.

3 Purple Kush: Lessons from a Successful Business.

4 Cannabusiness: Those Who Can, Teach.

5 Green Rush: The Towns With Backyard Billions.

6 Cash Crop: Moving From the Woods to the Mainstream.

7 Seed Money: Making Money Supplying Suppliers.

8 Modern Day Pirate: The Price of Prohibition.

9 Wherever You Launder: How Prohibition Drains Money Out of the Country.

10 Pot of Gold: Sizing the Potential Market.

11 Downers: Not Everything is Coming Up Roses.

12 Free for All: The Great Portuguese Experiment.

13 Getting the Treatment: How Decriminalization Works.

14 Law and Disorder: Navigating the Legal Maze We’ve Created.

15 This Not Gay Marriage: Why Advocates Can’t Turn to the Courts for Help.

16 Smoke Free or Die: Changing Minds in a Hard-to-Change State.

Acknowledgments.

Notes.

Index.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    In the United States, cannabis is big business. Learn how it works and look into its likely legal future.

    Weed, pot, ganja, bud, grow, cannabis, grass - whatever term you prefer, in the United States, marijuana is an industry. Television reporter Trish Regan produced the two most popular documentaries in the history of the CNBC television network, Marijuana Inc. and Marijuana USA. Here she brings her remarkable expertise - and occasional TV-reporter glibness - to presenting the scale and scope of the business of growing, selling and reselling marijuana in the US. She meets farmers, medical marijuana dispensary owners, former smugglers, Drug Enforcement Agency agents, local cops, cancer patients and government representatives. Her breezy tone doesn't always serve the material, but her anecdotal portrait of a multibillion-dollar industry remains compelling and revelatory. getAbstract recommends her inside knowledge to anyone with a historical, political, recreational or commercial interest in the topic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Television reporter Trish Regan produced the two most popular do

    Television reporter Trish Regan produced the two most popular documentaries in the history of the CNBC television network, Marijuana Inc. and Marijuana USA. She meets farmers, medical marijuana dispensary owners, former smugglers, Drug Enforcement Agency agents, local cops, cancer patients and government representatives. From the federal government who doesn’t believe in legal pot to the booming industry that states are allowing as long as medicinal users/ producers abide by state laws. This book goes in depth could possibly change marijuana in the eyes of the public. I hope that readers can learn more about the true facts of marijuana and the beneficial it has toward people. I liked this book because it better informed me about this billion dollar industry and gave me a new perspective of this plant. The decades of propaganda that made America fear marijuana is starting to fade and Americans are now realizing the potential of marijuana. Of course there are still harmful affects from smoking but there is still good potential in marijuana. Just ask some cancer patients who use it. What I did not like about this book was the fact that it is not up to date. In Colorado, it is legal to buy marijuana if over the age of 21. That was not true when this book was published. Just like the plant, the marijuana industry will continue to grow. Another aspect that I did not like about this book was that each chapter was different and it was difficult to keep up with all the facts that are thrown at the reader. I liked being informed, but with a lot of pages with numbers and percent, it begins to get confusing. America is changing, and this almost legal industry is starting to emerge in America. New states are considering medicinal marijuana and it is only a matter of time before American legalizes marijuana. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I hope that people can get a new perspective of marijuana because in the future. Regan does a great job discussing the in's and out's, political debates, and changes occurring about marijuana. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject.
     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    This book takes you inside the booming marijuana buisness in col

    This book takes you inside the booming marijuana buisness in colorado. From trials and tribulations of the federal government who doesnt believe in legal pot to the bomming industry that states are allowing as long as medicinal users/ producers abide by state compliance for the new laws. This book goes in depth and targets facts that possibly change marijuana in the eyes of the public. Trish takes you into the eyes of growers, smugglers, dispensary owners, cops, federal inforsers all to eliminate public issues that shades a negative conotation about pot. This book is very informational and is a easy read and is useful for taking you deep into the eyes of the marijuana industry from both perspectives on pot.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    The book Joint Ventures is a very well researched novel. The aut

    The book Joint Ventures is a very well researched novel. The author explores the 'almost legal' marijuana industry. From every aspect from suburban mothers smoking, to the Mexican Gangs involved. The largest portion of this book was exploring the reasons to why this drug has such a huge push to become legal, and many of the benefits involved. I wouldn't recommend this to a friend, but i am  doing an ethnography project in school, and this was very intuitive and i received a lot of great facts and insights to the aspects of marijuana.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    Joint Venture, by Trish Regan tells a story of a divided country

    Joint Venture, by Trish Regan tells a story of a divided country. A story some so desperately want to hear, and others so desperately
    don’t want people to hear.  It is a polarizing topic, Marijuana.  The word in most people’s mind brings up a lot of misguided hatred
     because they don’t know what it is and what it does to help a lot of people.
    In this book Regan takes us on what is kind of like a journey across the country, stopping at major known places marijuana is either
     grown, sold, bought, or ingested whether that is smoke or eaten.    Regan takes you through a world that is often hidden from the eyes
     and shows how people’s lives are booming because of this one little plant.  For example, Regan visits a place known as the Emerald
    Triangle, Mendocino County.  This county is known for it marijuana, as silly as that sounds it is completely true.  Mendocino has many
     growers living there; they offer such luscious land to be able to grow cannabis that people take advantage of what they have.  Their
     whole county lives of this one plant.  Stores are open, to sell the farming equipment and fertilizer necessary to grow; the extra water
    needed to grow is also an economic benefit of the crop.  Also, the real estate business is booming causes people are moving there
     to grow and operate in this counties thriving business.  She also visited multiple dispensary owners in the Oakland area.  She showed
     how these businesses work and how they interact with their patients and how they handle the drug. 
    This book showed the reader that this business is for real, and it isn’t going anywhere soon.  It gives these dispensary and growers a
     lot of respect and shows that this is a very serious business and it isn’t just about going to get “high,” marijuana can help a lot of
    people who are hurting everyday function.  She shows people trying to do the right and logical thing and the hoops and hurdles they
     have to avoid to provide medication to their patents.  This book outlines all the potential benefits clearly and shows that the legalization
     and taxation of marijuana would bring in some serious needed revenue to the government, plus the money that would be saved from
     the housing and arresting of marijuana possessors.  
    Most people don’t give a lot of credit to people in this industry that is what this book did best.  Regan talked, listened to, and most of
    all respected the business owner’s she interviewed.  However, the amount of numbers and the organizations she listed and gave
    detailed explanations of could have been trimmed down a little bit.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Joint Ventures: Inside Trish Regan's Almost Mediocre Docu-Novel:

    Joint Ventures: Inside Trish Regan's Almost Mediocre Docu-Novel:
    I read the book for a 12th grade English class researching professionals in the industry of Medical Marijuana, and don't get me wrong- the book was helpful in that sense, but for an outside reading, I would vote 'no' on the novel. Trish Regan is a very good anchor woman and documentist, but the writing style in the novel was too ''In your face whitty'' than it was a documentary for marijuana. I feel like she made herself the main character of the book, even though she claims to never have even smoked a cigarette. The whit and dry humor she uses in her writing seemed amateurish, and seemed to spread a comedic light on the issue of medical marijuana. However, the book was good for facts and evidence for my project, but as far as a pleasurable outside read, I would much rather read a good suspense or mystery novel, where at least I would be able to get a seriousness on the subject.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    Joint Ventures by Trish Regan is an informative documentary that

    Joint Ventures by Trish Regan is an informative documentary that covers all aspects of the Marijuana trade in the United States, whether it be legal or illegal. This book takes the reader through the intricacies of the industry from growing to distributing to the legalities or rather the illegalities. This book also takes the reader beyond the depth of the CNBC movie documentary Marijuana Inc. With a subject as controversial as marijuana is, it can be very easy to become opinionated on the subject and Regan is able to convey her knowledge and research without pushing her opinions on the reader. The book was able to capture my interest and did not loose it throughout the book. The organization of this book leaves some to be desired and from time to time it seams as though the editors may have been distracted. The book consists of an interesting variety of stories from growers, dealers, real estate agents, DEA agents, dispensary owners, drug Czars, and others in the industry that paints a complex picture of the inter-workings of the industry. These stories are able to portray what marijuana means to many different people and how it affects their lives and how it may possibly continue to do so in the future. Trish is able to shed light on a subject that for many decades has for the most part been kept in the dark. Regardless of a few editing slip ups I would still recommend this book along with the corresponding documentary Marijuana Inc to anybody interested in learning more about Marijuana and its prevalence in the United States.

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    Posted January 29, 2012

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