Marijuana Trade Thriving In Northern California

02/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Trish Regan CNBC

MENDOCINO COUNTY, Calif. - Two hours from San Francisco, Northern California's Mendocino County is a world away from the urban bustle. At first glance, it's a picture postcard of the far West. But beneath its beauty lies a controversial, profitable and increasingly violent criminal enterprise.

The marijuana trade is an exploding underground industry. Marijuana is being grown in homes, backyards, even in our national parks.

Since the 1960s, the so-called Emerald Triangle -- Northern California's Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties -- has increasingly become the haven for people looking to make a living growing marijuana.

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