THE LOOMING MARIJUANA SHORTAGE
California is about to suffer from a marijuana shortage that will drive prices sky-high in the next year throughout the whole country. The reason: the record-breaking drought the state has been experiencing for the last three years.
This year has been the worst. Where I live, in Oakland, we usually receive 17–21 inches of water during the rainy season, from October to April. So far this season we have received less than 3 inches. It’s so bad that my rain catchment system hasn’t collected a drop. The governor has declared drought emergencies in several counties and a few cities are pondering their choices now that their supplies are expected to last fewer than 100 days. The state has warned growers that water diversion will result in criminal charges this year.
When it comes to water, people come before crops so the entire agricultural system in the Central Valley is threatened. The entire West Coast is dry and it is such an important agricultural area, the prices of all produce will rise this year, but the hard hit will be the ones that are mostly grown in the west. The entire country is dependent on the West Coast for grapes, almonds, strawberries, and the area’s number one crop, marijuana. All require copious amounts of water and the forecast is that it won’t be there when it is needed.
California and the other West Coast states have been marijuana exporting states since the 1960s, for the last 50 years. So the effect of the shortage will be felt domestically in the west and throughout the country. Usually the best outdoor is used locally. A major portion of the rest is shipped east. The remainder, as well as trim and leaf, is used to make concentrates, tinctures, salves, and edibles. Supply will not meet these demands.
I expect the price of domestic marijuana to rise sharply starting in late summer or early fall. Fresh fruit and vegetable prices will also take a big jump. All the more reason for you to plant a victory garden this summer.