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Doug Fine
After college, Doug Fine strapped on a backpack and traveled to five continents, reporting from remote forests and war zones in Burma, Rwanda, Laos, Guatemala and Tajikistan. He files radio work for NPR and PRI and is the author of Farewell, My Subaru and Not Really An Alaskan Mountain Man. His print work has appeared in The Washington Post, Wired, Salon, U.S. News and World Report, The Christian Science Monitor and Outside. Fine lives in a remote valley in New Mexico among a few goats and many coyotes. Visit him online at Fine enjoys hiking, running, kayaking, shamanistic drumming, dancing, gardening, siestas, Peter Sellers movies, hot springs, massages, reading and staying alive. He is not quite competent at the saxophone, though he can catch a mean salmon.

Headshot credit Tomas Balogh

Entries by Doug Fine

Why Oregon Is About to Be the Poster Child for How to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

(17) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 12:50 PM

October 22, 2014 |

At the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Portland last month, the atmosphere was that of a winning NASCAR pit crew during the victory lap. Bullish is too weak a word to characterize the 700 vape pen purveyors and cannabis attorneys in attendance (they'd come...

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Hemp Is on its Way to Your Car Battery and Many Things You Haven't Yet Imagined

(8) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 3:59 PM

October 14, 2014 |

The first digital-age domestic hemp crop is being harvested as I write. The subtle decrease in seismic activity currently puzzling Virginia geologists can be traced to Thomas Jefferson ceasing to spin in his grave for the first time in 77 years.

For a century...

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Thomas Jefferson's Favorite Plant Is Back in American Soil

(87) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 2:37 PM

After a 77-year break, hemp plants are growing in American soil again. Right now, in fact. If you hear farmers from South Carolina to Hawaii shouting "God bless America," the reason isn't because Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper (he did). Nor is it because the...

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Ending the International Drug War

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 11:17 AM

The multinational band of drug policy journalists surrounding me at the recent United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs meetings in Vienna couldn't believe what they were hearing come out of the mouth of Yury Fedotov, executive director of the UN's Office of Drugs and Crime.

A few minutes earlier in...

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The Risks You Still Take If You Legally Use an Ancient Plant

(8) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 1:21 PM

In September, 2011, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms banned state law-abiding medical cannabis patients from owning firearms. A bureaucratic decider simply swiped away hundreds of thousands of Americans' Second Amendment rights by way of an added item on a pre-sale questionnaire.

Using an ancient herb as...

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After the Drug War, Support Your Local Cannabis Farmer

(10) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 1:16 PM

At the Willits, Calif., food bank, a 31-year-old cannabis farmer we'll call Mark was energetically ticking off the community service hours that he'd earned for growing our nation's number one cash crop. I watched for a few minutes as he passed bags full of apples, cheese and surplus generic sponge...

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Can the Cannabis Economy Be Ecologically Sustainable?

(35) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 11:13 AM

The future of sustainable cannabis agriculture might reside in the practices of a third-generation Emerald Triangle farmer known to his friends as Fuzzy. He indeed looked a good deal like Thorin Oakenshield. Based in Mendocino County, the 40-something's flowers are perennial top five finishers in California's Emerald Cup ("The World's...

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Too High to Fail

(12) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 11:26 AM

To someone who grew up in the Just Say No Era, in fact in an East Coast suburb where you're still, today, probably going downtown for a joint and might lose your kids, the Mendocino County situation that would allow such a cannabis/ law enforcement partnership immediately struck me as...

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