California’s Power Outage Is Hurting Legal Cannabis

By The Fresh Toast’s Brendan Bures, provided exclusively to Benzinga Cannabis.

Electricity drives many legal grow operations and could irrevocably damage marijuana plants during harvest season.

Following massive, deadly wildfires a year ago, while also dealing with bankruptcy negotiations, California utility company Pacific Gas & Electric decided to shut off power this week to avoid any more potential damage. Five out of the 10 most destructive wildfires in California history have been connected with PG&E’s electrical network, according to the New York Times. That’s why, when conditions ripe for wildfires began this week, PG&E decided to turn off power for more than 800,000 of its Northern Californian customers.

Count cannabis producers among those affected. Humboldt County, home to some of America’s most famous marijuana grow, was the only county to completely lose power during the …

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