Thursday, September 2, 2010

Interview: 'Baked' Author Mark Haskell Smith (Pt. 4)

by David Downs
Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Funny, naughty, and hyper-contemporary, hard-boiled summer paperback Baked follows Miro, breeder of hit marijuana strain Elephant Crush, as he wins the High Times Cannabis Cup and ends up shot in a gangland dispensary dispute. Los Angeles novelist Mark Haskell Smith releases Baked — his fourth book — this fall on the Black Cat imprint of Grove/Atlantic press. Below, the 53-year-old screenwriter and professor talks with Legalization Nation about the wild world of million-dollar marijuana strains, literary research in Amsterdam, notorious Los Angeles gangbangers, and Prop 19. [Edited for space and clarity. Pt. 4 of 5]

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Interview: 'Baked' Author Mark Haskell Smith (Pt. 3)

by David Downs
Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Funny, naughty, and hyper-contemporary, hard-boiled summer paperback Baked follows Miro, breeder of hit marijuana strain Elephant Crush, as he wins the High Times Cannabis Cup and ends up shot in a gangland dispensary dispute. Los Angeles novelist Mark Haskell Smith releases Baked — his fourth book — this fall on the Black Cat imprint of Grove/Atlantic press. Below, the 53-year-old screenwriter and professor continues his talk with Legalization Nation about the wild world of million-dollar marijuana strains, literary research in Amsterdam, notorious gangbangers, and Prop 19. [Edited for space and clarity. Pt. 3 of 5]

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Go East, Man: California Cannabis Seeks Fresh Markets

by David Downs
Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Call it a reverse gold rush, but a 'go East, young man' fever is gripping California marijuana growers, dispensary owners, consultants, and assorted industry members. The fever is rapidly transplanting the Golden State's best practices as well as its more dubious ones to Rhode Island, Michigan, Maine, and Colorado. But no state is really off limits.

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