US (CA): Farmer hopes marijuana revenue will buoy business

A farm once known for flowers and now famous for pumpkins is at the center of the marijuana debate in Half Moon Bay, California — and the focus of a lengthy feature story in this week’s Washington Post.

Tuesday’s election will determine whether Eda and John Muller, owners of Daylight Farms, will be allowed to use a section of their 21-acre property to grow thousands of young marijuana plants. If voters reject an ordinance permitting commercial greenhouse nursery cultivation of cannabis, the Mullers could be forced to shutter their business.

Eda’s father, Al Adreveno, founded Daylight Farms in the 1950s, growing flowers for buyers in nearby San Francisco. Over the years, the Mullers have reinvented the company, growing crops such as heirloom tomatoes and pumpkins, most notably American Giants, a variety that can grow to the size of small cars and draw thousands of visitors each fall.

Source: Society of American Florists (Katie Hendrick Vincent)

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