Joint Ventures: Inside America's Almost Legal Marijuana Industry

Joint Ventures: Inside America's Almost Legal Marijuana Industry

by Trish Regan
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Joint Ventures: Inside America's Almost Legal Marijuana Industry 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
trevoranab More than 1 year ago
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.
Derek_Clark More than 1 year ago
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.
Mgrebenc5280 More than 1 year ago
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.
Bar2z More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago