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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
Boulder County: Crime, Love, and Cannabis, West of the 100th Meridian by Marc Krulewitch is a modern-day “good ‘ole boys vs the Government" conspiracy novel that strikes at the heart of Colorado’s freeing up of cannabis use. Buddy Fisher can trace his roots in Boulder County back for almost a hundred years. He grew up in the mountains of the county and his family has been foremost in the production of illegal cannabis in the region. Buddy and his mountain friends have long had a loose, but effective cooperative to ensure that they are left alone and not bothered by the law. In nearby Kansas, however, the State Government, law enforcement, big agrichemicals, and one particularly devout evangelical sheriff are worried about the “pure” kids of Kansas traveling to Colorado to buy not only legal marijuana but, more importantly, Buddy’s hybrid, super-powerful cannabis. Kansas officials have decided it is time to end this illicit trade and to put Buddy and his mountain cohorts out of business once and for all. But, beneath this “official” attempt also lies a more sinister effort by an agrichemical company to get their hands on a rumored stock of super-potent cannabis seeds buried somewhere on Buddy’s property. What follows is a clash of cultures as money and greed fight tradition for power.
Boulder County is a fast-paced, action-adventure story that tests the concepts of individual liberty versus government control. Marc Krulewitch paints a vivid picture of a mountain community struggling to come to terms with a new way of doing things, after legalization and how to feed their families. Buddy is your archetypal, old-school individualist who firmly believes in the rights of people to live their lives in peace without government meddling. I particularly enjoyed the flashback scenes, usually when Buddy was puffing on one of his super-powerful joints, as he recounted the journey his great-grandfather had taken, along with the course of his grandfather and father that had led them to the situation they now found themselves in. I thought the characterization was exceptionally spot-on, especially with the crazy, scripture-quoting, evangelical sheriff from Kansas. The laid-back attitude of the Boulder County officials toward Buddy and his cronies was the perfect counterpoint to the over-zealous and vindictive State and Federal officials. The “special ops” characters were perhaps a trifle overdrawn but done so in order to get the point across of them being faceless, nameless automatons of the federal government. This is a fast, exciting read. For the romantic at heart, there’s also a touch of “love interest” for the main character and plenty of action for the action junkies. All in all, this was a satisfying, enjoyable read that I can definitely recommend.