This region used to be filled with thousands of acres of farmland that were dedicated to produce like corn, squash, melons, and other vegetables.
- When I was a kid, our parents took me and others to that beach nearly every single weekend! Then I remember driving through the farms and they seemed to go on for miles and miles.
When marijuana was legalized in this state for recreational use, marijuana changed the entire makeup of the farming industry, and a lot of hometown farmers applied for marijuana growing licenses. At first, all of the licenses were approved, but during the second year of legalization, the state was much more selective and only particular farmers were allowed to renew their marijuana growing license! My parents were 1 of the people that had their license renewed the second time. My parents had to make a lot of changes in order to continue growing marijuana commercially with a hope for success. All of the changes meant spending a ton of currency, and our parents did not have a lot of extra currency, but they had to mortgage the farm to pay for all of the changes… Fortunately, the changes meant a much greater operation. At 1 point, our dad said this is the time when the two of us have to make our own future or become a section of the past. My dad worked from sunup until sundown so he could have a successful farming operation, and now our family cannabis farm provides products to more than a dozen odd dispensaries in the region. My dad risked everything and every last dollar of his to become a marijuana farmer and he is 1 of the success stories… Others failed where our dad actually flourished.