When he was a child, John Casali used to listen out for federal helicopters hunting the hippie marijuana growers who had migrated to a remote patch of the northern California coast which became known as the Emerald Triangle.
“It was kind of disturbing as a kid,” he says, shielded by huge redwoods that surround the small family farm he still runs in the area. That was not his only brush with the law: as a 22-year-old, he was jailed for eight years in 1992 for growing cannabis.
But in the surprising second act of a life shaped by changing official attitudes to marijuana, the convicted criminal is now a member of his local chamber of commerce. He holds a county permit to grow medicinal cannabis on the same farm and he is wading through paperwork for a full state licence, which will finally be issued in the new year.
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