California Wildfires Could Destroy State's First Legal Cannabis Harvest
Northern California is in the midst of a wildfire crisis. 11 people have already been killed by the California wildfires, which continue to rage in mostly northern counties. Over 120,000 acres of land have been destroyed and 30,000 people have had to flee their homes.
Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma, and Yuba counties.
It is not yet clear what started the fires, however, the 'Diablo Wind' is thought to be the reason as to why the fire has spread so catastrophically.
Santa Rosa is among one of the worse affected areas, with entire city blocks being reduced to rubble and hundreds of homes being destroyed.
How Will This Affect California's Cannabis?
Marijuana growers north of San Francisco have been issued with mandatory evacuation orders. They could be facing tens of millions of dollars in crop damage, meaning that we could lose the state's first legal cannabis harvest.
Reports show that up to 9,000 cannabis grows in Sonoma County have been affected.
The fires could have a huge impact on the cannabis industry. Plants tainted with smoke from the fires will be more susceptible to mold, mildew, and fungus and could pose health risks to cannabis users. With so much of the harvest being affected, it's unlikely that it will pass the rigorous testing required by California's Office of Cannabis Control.
This won't just affect California, but other legal states that source their cannabis from California. The state ships the majority of its harvest to other legal states across the country.
The California wildfires have definitely created a bleak outlook for California's first legal harvest. It remains to be seen how this will further affect California's first year as a recreationally legal state.
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