The rise and fall of a chubby Idaho pizza delivery boy turned weed kingpin.
The challenges of establishing a legal marijuana economy in Washington State.
The rise and fall of Colorado’s newly-legal cash crop.
How a group of hippie surfers and a former Spanish teacher built the largest weed-smuggling empire on the West Coast.
Previously: Bearman discusses this story on the Longform Podcast.
The aftermath of a stranger’s death and the puzzle of psychosis.
The rise and fall of Mickey the Pope, the founder of a New York City marijuana delivery business.
Portraits from weed country.
The unlikely people who’ve turned to selling weed in the recession.
How synthetic drugs became a booming (and mostly legal) business.
Working with nothing but an Internet connection, a couple of cellphones and a steady supply of weed, the two friends — one with a few college credits, the other a high school dropout — had beaten out Fortune 500 giants like General Dynamics to score the huge arms contract.
On the pair of entrepreneurs behind a Wal-Mart of weed in Oakland. The duo is talking IPO. “Everybody I was meeting was a little bit older, more a part of the hippie generation,” says one. “I was like, ‘I bet there’s so much room for innovation and new ideas.’”