December 14, 2009 6:39 AM

Marijuana is cash crop in Humboldt County, Calif.

Humboldt County — and in particular the college town of Arcata — has become an epicenter for political and legal debate over the unintended consequences of Proposition 215, California's "Compassionate Use Act" for marijuana. Since passage of the act in 1996, medical marijuana users have streamed into this county, a liberal and libertarian bastion that decades ago began attracting pot growers. Proposition 215's vagueness on personal pot-use limits has turned a so-called crop of compassion into a lucrative industry.

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