Newsweek article on Mexican drug cartels in Northern California

In the January 19th edition of Newsweek magazine, I write about how the legalization of recreational marijuana in California may not be the silver bullet that ends Mexican cartel’s involvement in California weed. The piece focuses on the small California county of Calaveras, where local officials are struggling to get a grip on a recent boom in marijuana farms.

The article relies on state and federal documents, news reports, interviews with county and federal law enforcement, and interviews with a federally-funded scientist who has investigated more than 120 illegal marijuana farms on public lands. In total I interviewed about three dozen people for the piece, and spent more than a year monitoring events in the state before publishing.

Many thanks for reading.