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  • Author: Charlie Harris, Christopher McKenna
  • Publication Date: 01-2019
  • Content Type: Case Study
  • Institution: Oxford Centre for Global History
  • Abstract: California’s Mendocino County is a single-industry economy. Arriving in the sixties, marijuana cultivation gained a momentum in Mendocino that local government eventually began perceive as unstoppable, filling an economic void once occupied by lumber and fishing. Remote, permissive, boasting near-perfect outdoor growing conditions and conveniently situated between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon – two cities with something of a reputation for the consumption (and nationwide distribution) of marijuana. This convergence of assets, along with the benefit of timing, have led Mendocino County to draw growers – whether seasoned professionals or hopeful amateurs – from all over the world.
  • Topic: Economics, History, Capitalism, Economic growth, Economic Policy
  • Political Geography: United States, California