Journalista: Inside a Secret Marijuana Grow of the Dot Bong Boom

By Yoonj Kim

While medical marijuana is legal in the state of California, marijuana grows are still in a legal grey zone and surrounded by a degree of danger. Grows in Los Angeles are at risk from police and federal agencies on one side and gangs and criminals on the other. For those who do decide to build a grow in the city, the risks reap rewards.

The “dot bong boom,” also called the “green rush,” refers to the dramatic increase in investor and corporate money in the marijuana industry. Because of legalization and lessening stigma, moneyed folks who previously would not have considered the cannabis businesses for their portfolios are now looking for opportunities to grow their bucks.

Playboy’s Yoonj Kim is blindfolded and taken inside the secret grow facility of, one of the new cannabis “start-ups” funded by a discerning entrepreneur.

This video was originally published on April 23, 2015.

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