Full coverage: The green rush

Full coverage: The green rush

The Green Rush
Behind the marijuana industry
A series of stories about the medical marijuana market.
Marijuana grower Andrew, 56, tends to a freshly planted plant on his property in northern Mendocino (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Mendocino County spars with feds over conflicting marijuana laws

8:50 PM PST, January 20, 2013

Mendocino County spars with feds over conflicting marijuana laws

Mendocino County is fighting efforts by federal prosecutors to get records on medical marijuana growers who signed up for a program intended to sanction their businesses under state law.

Roots of pot cultivation in national forests are hard to trace

12:23 AM PST, December 26, 2012

Roots of pot cultivation in national forests are hard to trace

Mexican cartels' role seems smaller than once believed, but the crops and the dangers they pose have proliferated in the last decade.

Pot farms wreaking havoc on Northern California environment

December 23, 2012

Pot farms wreaking havoc on Northern California environment

Burgeoning marijuana growing operations are sucking millions of gallons of water from coho salmon lifelines and taking other environmental tolls, scientists say.

Veteran Emerald Triangle pot growers see their way of life ending

5:03 PM PDT, September 29, 2012

Veteran growers see their way of life ending

Pioneering marijuana cultivators in the hills of Mendocino and Humboldt counties are being pushed to the margins by the legalization they long espoused. Photos

 Medical pot returning to underground

5:25 PM PDT, September 6, 2012

Medical pot returning to underground

Under increased legal pressure, 'Ricky' closed his dispensaries and resumed selling marijuana — but only to those with a doctor's recommendation.

Dispensing profit

June 17, 2012

Dispensing profit

Documents in pot shop cases show a cash-infused world bearing little resemblance to the one pitched to voters for '96 medical marijuana law.

'Master growers' cultivating a higher grade of marijuana

March 25, 2012

Cultivating a higher grade

A new breed of connoisseur is producing pot that is potent, tastes smooth and has a pleasing aroma -- the kind of product now expected by ever-more discriminating consumers who frequent medical cannabis dispensaries. Photos

Testing pot in a legal vacuum

February 12, 2012

Testing pot in a legal vacuum

Few standards apply to quality of marijuana, because the federal government considers all use illegal.

Prep work is a payday in the marijuana business

December 2, 2011

Prep work is a payday

An international, countercultural labor force prepares pot on its path to market. Trimmers can make $200 a day plus lodging, sometimes 'with a crazy guy in the middle of the woods with an AK-47.'

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