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Oregon’s marijuana businesses face threat from devastating wildfires; 1 in 5 under some evacuation level statewide
Submitted by Marijuana News on Fri, 09/11/2020 - 10:13
Southern Oregon wildfires this week have plowed through small towns, leveled hundreds of homes and businesses and now threatens part of the state’s prized – and lucrative – outdoor cannabis crop.
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.
Wildfires on Wednesday encroached on the small rural community of Takilma in the Illinois Valley.