On the reverse finish of the state, Humboldt County has lengthy been a haven for individuals trying to get off the grid. Again within the ’60s, the county’s alluring redwoods impressed San Francisco’s hippie counterculture to give up the rat race and transfer to the woods in a motion known as “Again to the Land.” As soon as they received there and realized that the surest guess for employment was a body-sacrificing logging job, many determined to convey enterprise and pleasure collectively, turning into marijuana farmers as a substitute.
After many years of working beneath stigma and the specter of prosecution, hashish cultivation and sale is now authorized in California. As we speak, reasonably than casting a mysterious shroud over a bootleg business, Humboldt County and its pot farmers can now welcome vacationers to their farms very like winemakers do.
One of many first such farmers to obtain a county tourism license was Johnny Casali and his associate, Rose Mobely. The duo runs Huckleberry Hill Farms, which is simply outdoors of Garberville within the southern a part of the county, the place most marijuana farms are positioned. Casali, who discovered the right way to develop from his “Again to the Land” mother, spent eight years in federal jail within the late ’90s when he was busted for rising. As soon as he was launched, he and Mobely began the authorized develop they function at the moment. They’ll welcome their first visitors to tour the farm this summer time.
They’re simply a few the numerous farmers who banded collectively to supply a first-of-its-kind tourism expertise for weed. Humboldt Hashish Excursions gives group and personal excursions, which embrace visits to farms and to native dispensaries for visitors to buy hashish merchandise (sale and consumption should not presently permitted on develop websites). The corporate additionally arranges in a single day stays at native bed-and-breakfasts.
For these trying to toke up in type, keep on the Humboldt Bay Social Membership, which opened in Might. The waterfront property is 420-friendly with smooth facilities, together with top-of-the-line linens and toiletries, farm-to-table eating, and design-forward suites and cabins. Down the highway in Eureka is Papa & Barkley Social, the lodge’s associate dispensary and consumption lounge. Each of those properties should not solely firsts for the area, however in some ways are additionally firsts for the nation, unveiling a peek at the way forward for hashish tourism.