Fire Hits Pot Economy in Sonoma, Mendocino

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The fires in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties have hit the marijuana industry hard. Farmers along the North Coast were preparing for recreational marijuana's California debut this January. Instead, an estimated one third of their crops have burned at the peak of harvest season. Federal restrictions on marijuana limit growers' access to credit and insurance so many farmers saw their cash savings go up in smoke. We’ll discuss the damage and plans to bounce back.

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David Downs, cannabis editor, San Francisco Chronicle

Tawnie Logan, board chair, Sonoma County Growers Alliance