SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Nonprofit arts groups tend to spend much of their time scrounging for grants and praying for corporate largesse. But one art foundation taking shape on 120 acres in the high oak chaparral of Sonoma County has different kinds of worries these days: spider mites, bud rot and the occasional low-flying surveillance visit from the local Sheriff’s Office.
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This is one of my favorite quotes from the article.
“They see it as a way of supporting the cause with physical labor and the fruits of the land instead of the wheedling of donors, an especially appealing prospect in an economy where raising money has become more difficult than ever.”
If a proposition is approved by the voters, California will be the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. (Currently, marijuana is legal in California for medicinal purposes, under “strict” surveillance and control). Like the owners of the Art Is Life Foundation, many marijuana growers are not only making a profit from it ($200 an ounce), but donating part of it to good causes.
Coming from an island like this one, I can’t help but compare and contrast while asking myself: Would this work in Puerto Rico, where the underground economy is stronger and where people always look for the easy way out? I want to know what you guys think.