Anthropology

From jailhouse to marijuana farm: empty US prisons get strange makeovers

In California and Colorado, entrepreneurs are eyeing the secure walls of two closed prisons as a perfect place to grow medical marijuana.​

About 150 state prisons like this one closed after the recession, the result of declining prison populations and consolidations meant to save on operating costs. Many of the properties have sat vacant for years, costing money to maintain, inviting vagrants and reminding locals of jobs that have disappeared. But across the country, the properties are increasingly taking on new life … In some instances, states are selling, transferring or leasing the properties to businesses or nonprofits. A nonprofit in Manhattan will soon convert a closed women’s prison into an office building for organisations that serve women. In California and Colorado, entrepreneurs are eyeing the secure walls of two closed prisons as a perfect place to grow medical marijuana.

Original Article (The Guardian):
From jailhouse to marijuana farm: empty US prisons get strange makeovers
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