Southern California Fires Renew Fears for Cannabis Industry Still Recovering from Blazes
With four fires still burning in the greater Los Angeles area, and strong winds fanning the flames, cannabis farmers see yet another obstacle before recreational sales start.
Just two months after the early October morning that saw thousands of Northern Californians wake up to hills engulfed in flame and widespread evacuation orders, a new set of wildfires is devastating Southern California, with at least four wildfires pushing across the greater Los Angeles area, spread further by the Santa Ana winds blowing from the nearby desert.
For California’s cannabis industry, simultaneously in the middle of a post-harvest sales rush and preparation for new recreational regulations that take effect January 1st, the new series of uncontrolled blazes carries significant fears, not only for scorched farms and smoke-damaged product, but for the community itself, as the SoCal fires have spread into more urban areas, burning homes, businesses, and entire neighborhoods.
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