MAYHEM, MURDER AND MARIJUANA:
THE LOS ANGELES MARIJUANA WAR
BY ARIK KAPLAN
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Medical marijuana can be a life-saver…
But being a part of the fledgling medical marijuana industry can be dangerous to one's health. In this debut novel, Arik Kaplan exposes the sordid underbelly of the high-stakes business of medical marijuana in a hard-hitting tale of greed, violence, double-dealing and murder.
Recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the “Cole Memo,” an Obama-era rule that enacted how U.S. attorneys should enforce federal marijuana laws. Serendipitously, I just published a novel concerning my legal Medical Marijuana (MMJ) dispensaries and ancillary firms in Los Angeles County -- the largest MMJ market in the world. Because marijuana usage and legalization is currently such a hot topic in social and political circles, the novel, ‘Mayhem, Murder & Marijuana’; subtitled ‘The Los Angeles Marijuana War’ is both topical and a true thriller (304 pages).
Although the Mexican cartel largely abandoned the MMJ cultivation and distribution business after the legalization of MMJ dispensaries
by the Los Angeles City Council, I wrote the novel to describe the avaricious miscreants that still dominate the Los Angeles MMJ market. Drawn to the immense potential profits in MMJ, these MMJ street traders make used car salespeople appear to be paragons of virtue. To this day, I’m astonished at the magnitude of violence, intimidation, police abuse, and illegal trafficking.
The story describes the actual threats the author received, the forgeries of identification to obtain lease approval, the never-ending partying, the deaths from drug overdose, and the proliferation of tweakers whose occupation is to steal to finance their noxious habit.
For the past 20 years the author has been an entrepreneur and owner of numerous successful businesses. About nine years ago, I noticed that astute investors such as Peter Thiel (PayPal founder) and the Pritzker family (Hyatt Hotels) had invested millions in Medical Marijuana related firms; thus, my contrarian investing curiosity became intrigued and I commenced acquiring MMJ firms.
I hope the book interests you, as I truly believe this is an area of our culture that requires much further consideration.