Data homogenization is not an objective scientific process.
Recreational marijuana will be legalized across the country over the next several years. RR is on record as a proponent of judicious progress in this direction. Nevada County’s economy already enjoys a major contribution from the illegal RMJ that various estimates put above the $100M range annually. Legalization will drastically change the local RMJ production industry, but our county’s political and economic development leadership continues to ignore the existential contribution of RMJ to our economy. A better approach would be to recognize NC’s role as a major RMJ producer, and plan for the coming changeover as California is about legalize RMJ production. NC should create an environment which will benefit the local economy as RMJ moves into prime time so as to attract commercial growers that will produce the weed in legal grows that contribute zero nuisance to established developed areas and generate taxable revenue to the benefit of all. In today’s Union George Boardman makes a good case (here) for such preparations. (Russ Steele has another take here on the impact of RMJ legalization on Nevada County's economy. I contend his assessment that NC cannot support large commercial RMJ grows and processing to replace the current 'mom & pop' illegal producers.)