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30+ Years Of Fascinating Snapshots From The "Godfather" Of Cannabis Farming

30+ Years Of Fascinating Snapshots From The "Godfather" Of Cannabis Farming image

30+ Years Of Fascinating Snapshots From The "Godfather" Of Cannabis Farming

If you've never heard of Mel Frank, then the main things you should know is that he's referred to as the "Godfather" of marijuana growers and is also the author of the first grower's manual, Marijuana Grower’s Guide Deluxe. He wrote that back in 1978, way before legalization.

In the world of cannabis farming, Mel Frank is legendary. And to this day, the scientific detail found in his grower's guide still stands up. Marijuana Grower’s Guide Deluxe is still a key source of information and goes by the fond nickname of "The Grower's Bible".

Not only is Frank a wealth of growing knowledge, but he's also a fantastic source of cannabis-related photos. Frank's snapshots give us a peek into the growing world as it developed over the last 30 years.

This is the marijuana industry in the pre-legalization period, back when it was important to cover up or crop-out the faces of his subjects. If anyone were to recognize the identity of his friends and fellow growers, the legal repercussions could be quite serious. Thus, his photography is mysterious and poetic, focusing on the plants and the process of growing, harvesting, and trimming.

Want to see more old school photos from the California pot industry? Take a look over here on his Instagram.

And if you're interested in his grower's guide, you can find that here.

Via Mel Magazine & Metro

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