Pot Tourism Takes Visitors Behind the Scenes of California’s Cannabis Industry

Michael Ashbel, owner of MMD in North Hollywood, shows a marijuana plant that is going through the curing process during a recent visit to his facility by Green Tours. (Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Michael Ashbel, owner of MMD in North Hollywood, shows a marijuana plant that is going through the curing process during a recent visit to his facility by Green Tours. (Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

In Napa and Sonoma, tour bus operators ferry oenophiles between tasting rooms and vineyards. In Hollywood and environs, they shepherd the starstruck past the homes of the rich and famous.

Now they’re giving customers a mind-expanding look at one of Los Angeles’ burgeoning industries: pot.

Since recreational use of marijuana became legal a year ago, a pot tourism business has emerged, taking visitors behind the scenes of California’s estimated $7-billion cannabis industry.

“Every other day it seems another tour company is popping up,” said Lauren Jones, who owns Weedology, a cannabis tour company based in Los Angeles. “It’s like a gold rush.”

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