|The Hempiricist has made it to Utah.|
Writing a book - especially writing one's first book - can be overwhelming at times. Thus, it is always encouraging when one can call on and receive much-needed support from his or her friends, acquaintances, and colleagues.
Over the last month or so I have been fortunate to receive that support from many people I know. Thanks to those many generous individuals, this morning I was able to embark on a six-day road trip across the American West to do research for my book, Grass Roots: An Environmental History of Cannabis in the American West. To all who gave - thank you. Your support means more than I can say or write, but I am certainly indebted to each of you and will do my best to write a book that is well-researched, accessibly written, and most importantly - doesn't suck.
It might be more than a little ironic that I began a cannabis research trip at 4:20 AM, but that's the time I left Fort Collins, Colorado this morning. I'm writing this post from a coffee shop in Salt Lake City, taking some time to rest and have lunch. My final destination today is Reno, Nevada.
Thanks to some last-minute research and correspondence, in a few minutes I will hopefully be talking to Aron Swan, General Manager of Silver State Relief, the first medical cannabis dispensary to open in Nevada.
Sixty-five percent of Nevada voters approved medical cannabis in 2000; Swan's dispensary opened last Friday. I haven't read much on Nevada's cannabis history; I'm hoping Swan can tell me why it took the state legislature fifteen years to enact the will of its voters.
As a parting gift, enjoy these photos of some impressive landscapes in Wyoming and Utah.
|Rest area east of Laramie, WY.|
|Rock formations near Green River, WY.|
|South-facing view of Echo Reservoir off I-80 in eastern Utah.|
|View of Iron Mountain and the skiable foothills west of Snyderville, Utah.|