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to take advantage of, lurking in these parts.


“We get some in here who seemingly have a different agenda than ours. They interrupt our conversations with customers, to put their two cents in.”


Do they ever walk out with a customer in hopes of trying to get involved with the customer’s grow?


“We try to stop that, but when people have thousands in- vested, and are not sure where their next job is coming from, people get scared. You have to be careful that the wrong set of ears isn’t listening, people will take advantage of those who don’t know.”


I left the store wondering where this Green Rush is going and how many more people are going to get hurt while others make big money.


It reminds me of countless, nameless miners and prospectors who died penniless and broke for their efforts. I recall one profi table storekeeper’s name from that Gold Rush, as I walk to a dispensary in my black Levi Strauss jeans.


Jack Rikess, a former stand-up comic, writes a regular column most directly found at jackrikess.com. Jack delivers real-time coverage following the cannabis community, focusing on politics and culture. His beat includes San Francisco, the Bay Area and Mendocino- Humboldt counties. This article originally appeared at www.tokeofthetown.com


February/March 2011


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