California wildfires grow larger than Boston and NYC combined. Cannabis farmers see yet another obstacle before recreational sales begin.
It has become common for California to see wildfires engulf the state. With the drastic change in climate, it is no wonder that it is the new norm. Currently, firefighters are struggling to contain the biggest of six blazes burning in southern California, with the Thomas Fire slipping from 15% containment to 10% Sunday.
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“This year has been some of the highest highs and lowest lows, where we’ve made so much progress toward a legal, regulated, normal future,” Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, told Reuters. “But at the same time, we’ve had these catastrophic fires.”
On the plus side, the majority of fires happening are in Ventura County where marijuana cultivation is banned. So, it does give some hope that the loss won’t be too catastrophic.
Fear That The California Wildfires Will Cause Product Loss
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As the fires continue, residential grow areas are up for much concern. In October, fires ripped through a number of Northern California cannabis companies causing massive destruction for farmers. The community had over 34 barns burned down and three manufacturers lose everything. Companies from Southern California responded with relief and support. Now, that effort is now being reciprocated.
At this weekends past Emerald Cup, the company decided that a portion of the donations would directly go to farmers who have lost their harvests from the October blazes.
“These are fires burning in a more urban-type development, and that smoke is going to contain potential contaminants that are not typically in wildfire smoke,” Allen told Reuters.
The Community Is Responding
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