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Trevor Tigner with Interstellar Genetics out of Zanesville, Ohio, proudly displays his wares at the Ohio Cannabis Farmers Market on 4/20 in Summit County, Ohio.

Postcard from a pot festival in Ohio

Postindustrial Founder Carmen Gentile headed to a cannabis farmer’s market in Ohio on 4/20 to see how folks there are enjoying their newfound freedom to grow marijuana at home.


By Carmen Gentile

Ohioans who enjoy cannabis have been in a celebratory mood of late. 

The Buckeye State recently legalized recreational marijuana use, which includes growing your own at home. 

Ohio’s own “Johnny Cannabis” recently hosted a marijuana farmers market (check out the video here!) featuring dozens of growers and others in the cannabis industry that drew thousands of pot enthusiasts and featured live music, lots of  food, and even a pack of circus performers.

I have to admit I was initially dumbstruck by the sight of those pot plants fluttering in the April afternoon breeze, as eager partakers inspected each one asking questions about the growing process and estimated yield. 

But after a short while, it felt normal — as well it should! — and does for well more than half of Americans whose home states have already adopted full legalization. 

My home state of Pennsylvania seems intent on continuing to lose untold millions in additional revenue by stubbornly refusing to go full recreational. 

Now that Ohioans can grow at home, there has emerged a lucrative new industry fulfilling the needs of the home grower — like specialty soil and grow lights, both of which were also showcased at the celebration of all things weed. 

Think about it: deregulate something that’s been demonized needlessly for decades, then people and states make gobs of money and no one goes to jail over a joint. 

Future generations will consider us morons and savages for how we handled the marijuana issue up until recently. 

I already do.

Carmen Gentile

Postindustrial founder Carmen Gentile has worked for some of the world’s leading publications and news outlets, including The New York Times, USA TODAY, CBS News, and others. His book, “Blindsided by the Taliban,” documents his life as a war reporter and the aftermath of his brush with death after being shot with a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan. Reach him at

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