Marijuana Monster Money: California Makes more from Cannabis than the Next 5 Largest Crops Combined
California’s agricultural bounty is fabled, from the endless olive and almond groves of the Central Valley to the world-class grapes of the Napa Valley to the winter vegetables of the Imperial Valley to the garlic fields of Gilroy and beyond. But the biggest item in California’s agricultural cornucopia is cannabis.
According to report last week from the Orange County Register, California’s marijuana crop is not only the most valuable agricultural product in the nation’s number one agricultural producer state, but it also totally blows away the competition.
Using cash farm receipt data from the state Department of Food and Agriculture for ag crops and its own estimate of in-state pot production (see discussion below), the Register pegs the value of California’s marijuana crop at more than the top five leading agricultural commodities combined.
Here’s how it breaks down, in billions of dollars: