The rugged wilderness of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity Counties, northern California’s “Emerald Triangle”, produces over half the cannabis consumed in the US. Every year, from September to December, the region swarms with seasonal agricultural workers known as “trimmers”, or “trimmigrants”, here to work the land to supply America’s legion of stoners. For years the going rate for a pound of trimmed bud hovered at around $180-200 (skilled trimmers trim between two and three pounds a day). Today it’s $120-150. The change is partly down to Proposition 64, California’s vote to legalise recreational cannabis, which came into effect in January. Before this, cannabis farmers purported to sell only to legal medical marijuana vendors (medical marijuana has been legal in California since the ‘90s). What happened when we got a job picking weed in California’s booming cannabis industry

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