In the midst of the lost and destruction in the wildfires that have swept through Northern California, marijuana farms are getting hit hard.
According to the Los Angeles Times, about seven farms growing marijuana have been destroyed. Months before California licensed legal sales of marijuana. An industry leader told the Los Angeles Times that it’s the “worst year on record” in the loss of crops.
Farmers didn’t only lose their farms but lost their homes to the Red Wood Complex, Atlas, and Stubbs and Nuns fire all in the month of October.
Hezekiah Allen, the executive director of the California Growers Association says, “The October 2017 firestorm is having an extremely severe impact on our communities.” He continued, “It is the worst year I can remember, in terms of farms lost. WE have been able to confirm seven farms lost, but we expect the number to be much higher…”
The loss of these marijuana farms is an especially deep lost as many of these farmers spent their life savings to get local permits.
Marijuana farmers do not qualify for crop insurance or federal emergency relief funds.
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(Source: Los Angeles Times)
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