California Is Growing Too Much Weed

You’d think the saying, “The more, the merrier,” would apply to the marijuana industry. The more you grow, the more you sell and the more money you make. But apparently marijuana growers in California are learning that’s not the case at all.

Hezekiah Allen, the executive director of the California Growers’ Association, says the state’s marijuana growers produce eight times more pot than is consumed in the state. This hasn’t necessarily been a problem so far, however a new law is set to go into effect in January that will ban California growers from exporting their crops to other states and that will leave producers with fewer outlets to sell their excess plants.

Allen says the new ban will have drastic impacts on the state’s marijuana industry. He said some growers will need to downsize and cut back on their cultivation, while others will no longer apply for a state license. He says some will even be forced to continue exporting their crops to other states, even though that will be against the law.

Allen made this announcement at a panel alongside Joseph Devlin, the chief of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement for the City of Sacramento, and Lori Ajax, chief of California’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation. Devlin says the estimates he’s heard are that production is only five times larger than the amount of consumption, while a industry consultant in attendance said the number could be as high as 12 times larger.

Devlin and Ajax both agreed that California growers will need to start cutting back on production. And Ajax also stressed that unlicensed growers and people exporting out-of-state will face enforcement actions.

So if Californians want to keep their industry happy and healthy, they’re going to need to start buying a lot more weed.


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