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  • Writer's pictureSuzanna Thallman

West Coast Wildfires Taking A Toll On Cannabis Industry

West coast wildfires cannabis industry

Wildfires along the West Coast are destroying a number of cannabis farms as well as dispensary storefronts. With wildfires becoming more prevalent, many small business owners and farmers are worried about whether or not they will be able to financially recover from the damages. Since marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, many of those involved in the cannabis industry do not have insurance or even normal banking systems in place, meaning many of their losses will never be recovered.

One small business owner reported losing more than $250,000 but was unable to get insurance because he is a part of the cannabis industry. Not only were storefronts scorched by the fires, but countless cannabis farms were impacted as well. As for the farms that were spared, their cannabis plants will likely not be good enough to harvest due to the contamination from the smoke and debris.

Although outdoor growing can be a risky process, the plants that remained despite the fires may still be good enough to harvest. These plants will be tested to make sure they are free of impurities prior to harvesting. CBD and Hemp farms are especially hurting during the wildfires due to the high cost associated with growing the crop.

Despite the tragedies to the cannabis industry during the wildfires, there are still positive strides being made. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden proposed a bill that allows state-legal cannabis businesses to qualify for disaster recovery programs.


If you are a qualifying patient who is suffering from one of the qualifying conditions and is seeking medical marijuana treatment, schedule a telemedicine evaluation, and gain access to Ohio dispensaries. You can schedule your appointment by calling us at 866-457-5559 or book your appointment online.


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