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The Quiet Blossom- Book Release
November 18 • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Quiet Blossom- A book about the Modern Wild West, the American Dream, and Marijuana
Dive into the fascinating world of the cannabis growing community, where there is more to be discovered than just farming, and fast cash.
A book release party for The Quiet Blossom will be held at the Newport Visual Arts Center, Conference Room, in Newport, Oregon on November 18, from 2:00- 5:00 PM. Come join the author, Michael Clark for readings and discussion. Books will be available for purchase.
About the book
In the hills of northern California, a small but significant subculture was born out of the rapid development of the medical marijuana industry. The community formed under the influence of necessary secrecy and resource abundance, yet it grew to become an impactful social movement that left a mark on the greater American society and, in fact, the world.
“Marijuana is hot topic everywhere at the moment, and very contentious. There is a great deal of discussion about the legality and the medical aspects of the plant, but there has been little acknowledgement of the culture that has formed around the industry and the impact it has had on our society. There is a massive influx of annual migrants to Northern California and Southern Oregon, and with that comes the generation of new ideas, values, and lifestyles. Every time a growing season ends, those multitudes return to their homes, or travel elsewhere and those ideas are carried around the world and shared. There is a great and hidden power in that.”
The Quiet Blossom is a nonfiction piece that follows a young man’s experiences during the years he worked in the marijuana industry of Northern California. The book is a personal narrative—part memoir and part ethnography—that reflects the cultural and social implications of the black market industry. The story paints a picture of a developing culture as it experiences it’s most glorious and promising years—before the decline that took place as rapidly as it grew.
As the legality of marijuana has changed, so have the people involved in its production. The Quiet Blossom gives a firsthand account of a farmer’s life during the days of prohibition. It ranges from the amusing clashes of culture between various farming communities, to the dangers of the trade and the dark side of an illegal industry. There is a focus on the diversity of personalities, relationships and values that came together to form the unique subculture, and through these descriptions, we begin to see a larger picture of the cannabis cultivation industry. As the anecdotal stories begin to shape an image of the clandestine existence, Clark begins to suggest that there may have been a larger impact on society than simply the production and distribution of marijuana.
Michael Clark is a Newport Oregon native. He has a degree in cultural anthropology from Oregon State University. It was his interest in culture that inspired him to take notes of the events in Northern California during the six years he was involved in the medical marijuana industry. He recognized that it was a unique time and place that was not likely to survive the legal reforms, and decided to document the experience for the sake of history and with the hope that he could offer another perspective on the endlessly controversial topic. This is his first published book.
Books will be available on amazon.com or through the author beginning November 19.