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American photographer HLB. Lee (H. Lee) within four years of filming farmers growing marijuana in Humboldt County in northern California.
Humboldt County is known as the "Emerald Triangle" because of the huge amounts of cannabis grown there. In 1996, California became the first state medical marijuana, so some local farmers have a license for production was legalized. However, a large part of their production goes to the black market.
According to unofficial data, in the cultivation and sale of cannabis in Humboldt employs about 30,000 people, accounting for one fifth of the population of the district.
The first sow marijuana in northern California hippies started from the end of the 1960 mass to move from San Francisco in the countryside in an effort to be closer to nature.
A generation of children born in the "mixed" marriages hippies and rednecks local woodcutters-called hipnekami.
In the 1980s, cultivation of marijuana has become the only means of livelihood for many local residents who lost their jobs due to the decline of logging industry.
The money from the production and sale of marijuana constitute a quarter of the county's economy.
The majority of the residents of Humboldt are against full legalization, fearing that it will cause a fall in prices.
In 2014, the legal turnover of marijuana in the United States amounted to about $ 1 billion.
Humboldt is a close-knit community: tourists and workers from other states come here only in the harvest season.
Local radio station KMUD warned farmers about the police raids.
Among the farmers of Northern California, many of those who have no education, no bank account - the money from the sale, as well as supplies of goods, they are hiding in the forest in plastic bottles and car tires.
The use of marijuana for medical purposes is allowed in 20 states. Completely it is legalized in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska - a referendum in the last two states took place November 4, 2014. For the partial legalization of marijuana also expressed the residents of the US capital.
In carrying out the formal requirements of the law, Esquire edition warns that drug use is dangerous for your health, as well as wholly condemns their consumption.