Your newest Netflix binge: “Murder Mountain” shows the dark side of Humboldt county

Your newest Netflix binge: “Murder Mountain” shows the dark side of Humboldt county

Many cannabis connoisseurs consider Humboldt County the source of the best outdoor cannabis in the country. (The Emerald Triangle provides around 60 percent of the cannabis in the US, according to some estimates.)But every year, on illegal cannabis farms, people go missing. These mysteries tend to go unsolved. Because these farms are tucked into the hills, trying to remain invisible to authorities,  there’s little to no evidence.

For decades, people have traveled from all over the world to live in the dense Redwood forests. Many people used to come to the area to escape society. They wanted to escape the talk of war. Today, thousands of cannabis gardens are located around the smaller cities found inside each of the three counties within the triangle. Trinity, Mendocino, and Humboldt all include small communities and thousands of residents. This makes it relatively easy for someone to head to these cities and hang out until you find someone who is hiring for trimming or other types of helpers.

Since the area has an estimated 15,000 illegal cannabis grows and there is roughly 4,000 miles of forest to cover, local resources are spread thin. Alderpoint is located within Humboldt County and is located close to the epicenter of all three counties. In this area, there are actually no police and the community essentially polices themselves until law enforcement is required to get involved. Better known as Murder Mountain, Alderpoint has suffered greatly from the violence that stems from the black market industry.

Growing cannabis with the protection of the dense redwood forest makes sense for people trying to distance themselves from the rest of the world. The valuable insight provided from this mini-series showcases cannabis through illegal and legal farms. Learn about the lives of a handful of unforgettable characters as some of them share the stories of outlaws transition out of the black market into legal cannabis.

It is important to mention that the acts of a few do not necessarily reflect the views of the majority. Humboldt County, Trinity County, and Mendocino County have helped give cannabis a home and a voice, bringing life to national legalization. Although violence and the black market will always exist because of human greed, there are people fighting for more effective legislation and additional resources designed to aid the growers and consumers alike.

Want to learn something new about the plant that makes any Netflix binge a little better? Check out “Murder Mountain,” when you’re in the mood for a more serious series.


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