Marley’s prison-turned-pot-farm became an overnight success pretty much as soon as the sale went through in the fall of 2016.
By the time the city of Coalinga decided to sell the former prison – closed in 2011 – it had already accumulated over $3 million in debt.
The sale to Damian Marley and his partner Ocean Grown Extracts not only wiped that debt out, it also left the town with over a million in the coffers before anyone even planted a single seed.
The new farm is sure to turn a profit; pot is bug business, and the city paved the way for the large scale operation by voting to allow commercial cultivation, delivery, and distribution in the jurisdiction.
Plus, the compound is surrounded by fence and barbed wire, so the crop will be as well protected as any in the country.
California also voted to legalize recreational marijuana about a month after the sale, which is expected to lead to exponential growth in demand throughout the state for the new farm’s product.
Marley told Billboard:
“Many people sacrificed so much for the herb over the years who got locked up……