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Billie X

Weed Grower
Undisclosed, USA

Billie X
“Coffee and a simple breakfast is one of my most important daily rituals that helps balance the non routine elements of my life.”

At a time in the all too recent past, it might seem impossible to imagine an America in which the controlled sale of marijuana for any use–medicinal or recreational–could come to fruition. Long a societal specter threatening to rob our children of precious brain cells and initiative, the battle over the relative merits and hazards of of the herb has raged since Reefer Madness gave a post-prohibition nation a new enemy.
In 2014, Colorado and Washington have legalized the recreational pot use and national attitudes appear to be softening. As America's overall outlook on the use of a plant both celebrated and reviled shifts, one might imagine attitudes surrounding the infrastructure that produces it–not to mention the nature and legality of said infrastructure–to adjust accordingly.
For many marijuana growers, the freedom to pursue a passion and profession requires a delicate balance of public and private existence. The job demands secrecy, even as the country creeps towards acceptance (notwithstanding that legal barriers have begun to tumble).
Dispose had the privilege of peeking into the world of a marijuana grower. The pictures detail daily routines, beautiful nature, and a sophisticated operation. The grower's words reveal the difficulty of a life still on the outskirts of acceptance.
“It was challenging shooting this roll without including any of the people in my life that make it meaningful. My friends, lovers and family are a huge part of who I am and with them missing from the shoot for obvious reasons it feels like a big part of who I am is missing from the photos.”

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