Chaos and cannabis

How human trafficking, child labor and black-market marijuana took root on the Navajo Nation

Chaos and cannabis

A massive hemp empire is accused of growing illegal marijuana and sowing violence on the Navajo Nation

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Strangers in a foreign land

A massive marijuana bust in Farmington represents just a sliver of an ongoing operation on Navajo lands that has now drawn federal investigators

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Uprooted

A police raid near Shiprock has all but ended an illicit cannabis-growing operation

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Fields of green

COVID is pushing thousands of Chinese immigrant workers into the marijuana business—sometimes leading to exploitation and labor trafficking

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