In what has got to be one of the most difficult years for Emerald Triangle cannabis farmers, the recent fire affecting Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and surrounding areas is battering our community. As of the writing of this blog post, there are many homes, businesses and public spaces devastated by the fires tearing through California. And although cannabis farmers are not the only ones affected by this tragedy, because of the current legal status they do not enjoy the same sort of support services like crop insurance.
During the course of the last year, many cannabis producers who have been in the industry for years to generations, have had to face extreme challenges; increased competition from well-funded mainstream entrepreneurs, the high financial cost of compliance, constantly changing regulations and weather conditions that threatened farms and their crops. Now this.
The California Growers Association, headed by our friend Hezekiah Allen, has started a crowdfunding campaign to collect funds to go towards helping Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa farmers deal with the devastation to their homes and businesses. As stated on the campaign page:
Over the course of the last 18 months, these growers have spent their life savings getting permits and preparing for state licensure. In addition:
- These folks don’t qualify for crop insurance like other farmers.
- These folks can’t get loans like other business owners.
- These folks won’t qualify for federal emergency relief funds.
We are asking for you to help us support the growers groups led by the California Growers Association by donating to this campaign. We understand that the community has been hit hard this year with the financial weight of compliance, business development and permitting and the effect of the previous wildfires and pest issues. We ask to donate whatever you can and/or to spread this far and wide. Please donate to this worthy cause at their Youcaring campaign here.