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A closer look at young people working in the booming marijuana industry, and how they navigate the grey market where growing, selling and possessing weed can be both legal and illegal.
Trimmigrants: Young People and the Underground Marijuana Harvest [airing soon on NPR’s All Things Considered] The story of young adults working in the underground marijuana industry, and how these “trimmigrants” come from around the world in hopes of making big money getting marijuana buds ready for market.
7 Things You Should Know About Trimming Weed For $$$ A quick break down of all the reasons a large number of young, overwhelmingly white marijuana trimmers come to Northern California. making up an unexpected migrant farm worker community of trimmigrants.
ACLU Report: Racial Disparities in Sentencing: The ACLU finds that Caucasians and African-Americans use marijuana at comparable rates in the United States, but that blacks are nearly four times as likely to be arrested for possession.
A study from Humboldt State University: College Students Working In The Marijuana Industry
The Huffington Post compiled FBI data into an infographic comparing arrest for violent crime versus marijuana possession.
Marijuana in the States 2012: Shenandoah University report examining marijuana arrest and usage data.
FBI’s Crime In The United States: A report comparing 2011 crime stats across the county, which finds there were over 12,000 drug abuse arrests for children under 18 in CA that year.
Meet the reporters: Olivia Cueva has been running around with audio equipment since she was 14-years-old. She got her start in journalism with Youth Radio, traveled the country recording stories with StoryCorps, and is now a student at KALW’s Audio Academy in San Francisco. Her work has been featured on NPR, KPFA, KQED, and KALW. She is a Bay Area native passionate about giving people the tools to tell their own stories.