With ‘Marijuana Valley,’ indie writer Crash Barry becomes unofficial pot …

June 8th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

HARTFORD — Crash Barry used to show up for radio shows wearing tattered jeans and a T-shirt. Today, he looks professorial, with combed hair and sport jacket. The one constant: A bag of weed in his pocket.

More because of circumstance than by design, Barry, the indie writer who lives in the foothills of western Maine, has become Maine’s defacto pot ambassador thanks to his book, “Marijuana Valley.”

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At many of the stops on his promotional tour, Barry will pass around a Mason jar of pot so people can see what a Maine-grown bud looks and smells like. John Patriquin/Staff Photographer

Crash Barry in the writing studio that he built a few hundred yards from his home in Hartford that is made of wood milled from trees that the writer felled himself. John Patriquin/Staff Photographer

Crash Barry with a marijuana bud at his home in Hartford. Barry is doing speaking engagements and signings around the state – and occasionally lighting up – to support his book, “Marijuana Valley.”  John Patriquin/Staff Photographer

Barry describes his self-published book as narrative non-fiction. He spent most of 2011 on an Oxford County pot farm researching what he intended to be something journalistic about Maine’s emerging marijuana economy and cannabis culture. What he wrote instead was a mostly fictionalized account based on his own experiences and the people he met.

The 46-year-old has been a stoner most of his life and sees the platform that he’s been given

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