Recently, the wildfires are raging across Northern California, entire communities have burnt to the ground, crops are lost and agriculture is taking a huge hit.
Wine, produce and cannabis are all effected industries as this far outweighs the last 2015 wildfires that plagued California as over 8 million acres burned to the ground which still is costing the state money.
In the wake of the burning wildfires, what’s happened to cannabis agriculture?
First off, after just gone through this with our wildfires this summer in British Columbia, California – our thoughts are with you through this terrible time.
“We are producing too much,” Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Assn., said at a recent conference on marijuana.
Allen said state-licensed growers “are going to have to scale back,” and are “on a painful downsizing curve,” adding that some farmers are going out of business while others are preparing to reduce crops under the new legal system.
It looks as if mother nature took care of that herself for 2017s cannabis surplus, with California produced approximately 13.5 million pounds in 2016 – 5 times more than its consumed at 2.5 million pounds.
Creating even more limited access to the black market as the price per pound may rise, with an average national wholesale price being $150.
There’s no indication of how many crops lit up, I’m sure master or craft growers with limited resources or no licenses will have a heck of a time, especially without cultivation insurance. Predictions are in the tens of millions of dollars for a California cannabis crops, not including the other agriculture sectors as wine and produce.