A cannabis historian and tour operator is working on what he calls the Northern California Cannabis Trail. The 14-hour self guided tour would take you through the history and folklore of cannabis culture in California.
Brian Applegarth says he decided to build the trail after he met medical marijuana pioneer Dennis Peron in 2015. Peron co-authored the 1996 medical marijuana legislation for the state of California. Peron is one of the people Applegarth wants to honor on the Cannabis Trail.
"He’s the reason that cannabis is legal right now," Applegarth told Marijuana.
Other big names Applegarth plans to memorialize are psychiatrist and cannabis researcher Dr. Tod Mikuriya and activist Mary Jane Ratheburn who was known for giving cannabis brownies to AIDS patients..
"She was an old woman in glasses who was promoting cannabis as medicine on the news," Applegarth said of Ratheburn. "When she got interviewed, it started shifting the narrative."
Fundraising for the non-profit project will begin in September with a goal of securing $250,000. He's currently interviewing artists to develop the trail's various installations and hopes it will become a part of Northern California's identity.
"It’s conceptually supposed to live along the Napa Wine Road and Marin Cheese Trail," he said.
Applegarth hopes to have the trail operational, at least in part, by 2020, with full completion within 20 years.
"I’m trying to make it so in 20 years from now, you can look back and there’s this really beautiful trail with monuments and storytelling."