Wildfires Deal Massive Blow to California’s Weed Industry
Thanks to a number of wildfires, 2017 has been “the worst year on record for California’s [marijuana] growers,” says Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the largest cultivators association in California.
The impact of the fires, including more than a dozen currently burning in Northern California, has been absolutely devastating. During a weekly conference call, 6 out of 18 California Growers Association regional leaders said they were either being evacuated or helping neighbors who had. Sonoma County, which has experienced some of the worst damage, is home to 3,000 to 9,000 grows.
“I had one conversation today where the family was in tears, saying, ‘We don’t know how we're going to make it to January, let alone next planting season,’” said Allen.
Read more about the fires’ impact on California’s marijuana industry here.