After Wildfires, Cultivators Mull Plans to Rebuild
Cannabis cultivators in northern California are assessing the damage from the recent wildfires and trying to figure what, if anything, can be done to get them back on their feet. This we know: Unlike other fire victims, they won’t get much help from the feds, insurance companies or banks. They’ll have to depend on themselves and a network of advocates willing to give donations.
Cannabis growers are not eligible for federal disaster assistance grants, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) gives to individuals, tribes and some community groups, according to Frank Mansell, a mitigation outreach specialist with FEMA. He confirmed, too, that cannabis operators cannot get support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Small Business Administration.
The damage may be even greater than we realize. In at least one case, the fires scorched loads of cash along with the plants. Even some crops that weren’t hit by the flames saw their product ruined by smoke and ash.
The devastation could lead to higher marijuana prices just ahead of recreational sales in January.
Read more at the Mendocino Beacon.