AKA The Marijuana Farm Part 1
look at the people around you. demographics are huge to me. san juan county overwhelmingly voted in support of legalizing marijuana. i don't use pot (i've used it maybe 3-4 times in the past 3 decades!). but it's important to me to live in a community that recognizes basic human rights. these days those rights that get all the attention are gay marriage, abortion, and the legal use of marijuana. the slam dunk criteria for where i call home? i'm living in an area where folks get to choose who they marry, where women make their own medical decisions, and where something as innocent as using weed is not a crime.
@Jesus_M_ Christ tweeted, "my first miracle was rolling a one-handed blunt while riding a donkey."
so back to the cannabis farm. in 2012 we went halfers on a big undeveloped parcel with the Rice family. Jenny Rice and my wife do horse biz together. they wanted to expand. i thought it was a bad deal from the get-go. private financing w/ high interest, 2 families buying real estate together=bad idea, a murky shared well arrangement, no power/phone to parcel and a toxic easement averse neighbor. and most importantly, no road easement. there was a road but no legal right to use it...again, and the toxic easement averse neighbor. thankfully the Rice family bought our half and we had our 'out.'
that was mid-ish 2013. later that fall we found out that David Rice had 2 applications submitted to the state to grow pot. legal recreational-use pot. i made it be known i was interested in the biz and we started a dialogue that eventually led to me being the development manager of San Juan Sun Grown, one of the country's first pot farms.