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Wildfires fail to singe bulk of California’s cannabis harvest in 2020

Despite all that Mother Nature could throw at cannabis farmers this year, growers overcame the elements enough to place a substantial amount of tax revenue in state government coffers.

Sam Rodriquez, an advisory member who represents seven Northern California counties in the International Cannabis Farmers Association, summarized the 2020 harvest as an “early save.” He estimated about 80% of the crops were saved, but that statistic “varies by county.” Rodriquez monitors growers in Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, Lake, Nevada, Trinity and Santa Barbara counties.

“Many farmers accelerated their harvest,” he said, adding most crops were brought in earlier around the first part of October because of the fires.

As it turns out, the decision helped boost California cultivation tax collections to $41 million this fall in a period ending Nov. 2. That’s triple the amount from two years ago in the same period, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration reported recently.

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