Marijuana & Money

The marijuana boom. America's marijuana industry is thriving like never before and raking in what's estimated to be tens of billions of dollars nationwide.

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While it may not be traded on Wall Street any time soon, marijuana has become a booming cash crop. CNBC goes behind the scenes to explore the inner workings of this secretive industry, focusing on Northern California's "Emerald Triangle," now the marijuana capital of the U.S. In this scenic pocket of America, the pot business, much of it legal under state law, now makes up as much as two-thirds of the local economy.

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  • Northern California's Mendocino County. A picture postcard of the far west and the site of a controversial, profitable and increasingly violent criminal enterprise... the marijuana trade.  Officials estimate it to be a $1 billion a year industry accounting for two-thirds of the local economy.Visit "" for more show times.

    CNBC’s Trish Regan goes behind the scenes to explore the inner workings of this secretive industry, focusing on Northern California’s “Emerald Triangle,” now the marijuana capital of the U.S.

  • Depending on what your position is on the medicinal uses of marijuana, Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D. wrote in a 1997 article for the The New England Journal of Medicine that physicians who prohibit prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane.Thousands of suffering patients with cancer, AIDS, and other diseases claim that marijuana provides them relief from devastating symptoms such as intractable nausea, vomiting, and pain by smoking marijuana.We asked Hi
    By: Danny Danko, High Times Senior Cultivation Editor

    Thousands of patients claim marijuana provides them relief from devastating symptoms. We asked High Times Cultivation Editor Danny Danko to put a cost on this relief.

  • A Backyard Pot Garden Tour / Marijuana Inc.

    Eric Sligh, the editor and publisher of 'Grow' magazine, takes us on a tour of one backyard marijuana garden in Mendocino County. Here, he walks us through what it takes to grow and cultivate a marijuana plant.

  • Mendocino County Sheriff Butch Gupta / Marijuana Inc.

    We accompanied County Sheriff Butch Gupta on a raid of pot gardens deep in the wilderness of Mendocino County. Many of the growers he busts have very sophisticated operations despite their remote locations.

  • Blue Sky Cafe / Marijuana Inc.

    The Blue Sky Cafe in Oakland, CA is a marijuana dispensary with a not-so-average menu. Their "budtender" walks us through some of the many other products available to its customers.

  • Smuggler Bruce Perlowin / Marijuana Inc.

    Bruce Perlowin smuggled in more than 300-thousand pounds of marijuana during his career on the West Coast. He spoke with Trish Regan on how he used local fishermen to bring the drugs right under the Golden Gate Bridge, and eventually become a marijuana kingpin.

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