California wine has served as a vinicultural golden standard since the world-changing upset of the 1976 “Judgement of Paris” shattered the myth of French wine supremacy and turned Napa and Sonoma into household names. But as cannabis — the Bear Flag Republic’s legendary cash crop  — gains market legitimacy, wine country is starting to go green.

At $14 billion, the value of the state’s marijuana harvest was pegged as seven times more valuable than all of the wine grapes at all of California’s storied vineyards — and that was in 2010, before the industry drew international investors, before the state paved the way for big business with workable state regulations, and before voters OK’d a legitimate commercial marijuana industry by legalizing the plant for adults 21 and over.


via California’s Wine Industry Can’t Hold a Candle to Cannabis | Cannabis Now

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