Peter Hecht, former political writer and Los Angeles bureau chief for the Sacramento Bee, has been reporting on cannabis since 2009. His coverage has been honored for explanatory reporting in the "Best of the West" journalism awards and earned an Excellence in Journalism prize from the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Hecht is the author of the book “Weed Land: Inside America’s Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit.”
The Startup Years
As Eddy sat in stir, Heidi founded and grew her own successful business. She saw how medical marijuana calmed her own PTSD, and recognized an opportunity to help others and create a thriving business. Her Sugarleaf Consulting firm drafted paperwork to organize some 200 cannabis producers as non-profit mutual benefit corporations that operated as patient collectives under California’s medical marijuana law.
“She is tricking property owners,” said James. “She is convincing them she can protect them. And she is attempting to practice law without a license.”
“When she can’t protect them, they are stuck with hundreds of thousands of dollars in code violations or criminal violations,” James added.