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Hemp It Up

More marijuana is grown in California than anywhere else in the U.S., but 10 states, including Colorado, Kentucky and Oregon, leave California in the...

Wise Guys

Are you Weed Wise? The state of California hopes you already have the cannabis smarts. In case you don’t, there’s a new campaign called...

Look for the Union . . . Edible

Can unions organize cannabis industry workers, some stoned, some sober, others undocumented and still others with college degrees? It’s tricky. The upsides: a unionized cannabis industry...

Time and Punishment

Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky—who poured his blood, sweat and tears into the pages of Crime and Punishment—would feel at home in John Beck’s splendid,...

High Tides

Here’s a question for budding chemists in the land of milk and marijuana: What do you get when you mix water and THC extracted...

Harvest of Redemption

Jail can be hell. But not many people know that jail cells can also be a place of rebirth. Yarrow Kubrin lives in San...

Cover Story: Underground Ag

  Olamae Combellack was four years old in 1924 when she arrived in Napa from Grand Prairie, Texas, with her mother and 10 siblings. The...

Upfront: Full Measure

This spring, reporters from around the world descended on Napa County, not to write about Cabernet, Viognier and fine cuisine, but to track a...

Cover Story: Cream Dreams

“We’re not for sale,” says Albert Straus, as pints of soft, mushy coffee ice cream come down the conveyor belt at Petaluma’s Straus Family...

Literary Landmark

A good bookstore is a portal to the world and the innermost parts of the human heart. Book Passage offers nearly everything one wants...
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