Traumatic event after traumatic event continue to pile on all of us in 2020 and the most important thing is for everyone to be as safe and healthy as possible. After looking out for ourselves, we need to do all that we can for our family, friends, and community. As unprecedented wildfires threaten the entire West Coast, please remember safety first, and to help out those in need, starting with those that have lost loved ones, their homes, and their livelihoods.
With over 10% of Oregon’s population living under an evacuation order and unhealthy air flowing throughout the state, this unprecedented fire season has put a strain on virtually all of us. As we look to support one another, let’s remember our entire cannabis community, especially the small-business pioneers that have put themselves on the line for the love of the plant. As an Oregon mom-and-pop, Kind Leaf understands firsthand the difficulties of surviving in this competitive industry in normal times, but when disasters strike, whether it is the COVID crisis, an economic collapse, or environmental catastrophe like wildfires, cannabis businesses that don’t have big corporate backers are hit harder than most. Already paying exorbitant taxes and dealing with burdensome regulations, federal loans and bailouts aren’t available to the cannabis industry.
The Oregonian reported:
Statewide, an estimated 20 percent of state-licensed marijuana businesses – roughly 408 – face some level of evacuation, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission said Wednesday. That includes stores, marijuana processors and producers.
Of those, the agency said 73 marijuana producers, most of them outdoor farms, have been ordered to evacuate.
Many of those operations are in southern Oregon, a region synonymous with outdoor cannabis cultivation. In addition, state officials said a “significant” number of marijuana businesses in Clackamas County are also under threat from fast-moving wildfires.
Kind Leaf prides itself on partnering with businesses doing good work, especially those that are locally-owned. Please remember to be kind to everyone as we large swaths of Southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley fall victim to fire. Most of Oregon’s sungrown is cultivated in these areas and even if the farms survive the fires, the flowering plants can fall victim to smoke and falling ash. Many craft and family farms are saying goodbye to the land they have dedicated their lives to and it is simply heartbreaking. Please remember to support the craft cannabis farms and businesses as they rebuild after this disaster. Kind Leaf will continue to do its part to carry their products and help promote them.