“Watching this massive storm wreaked havoc on the financial capital of the world (New York City) I can’t help but wonder how many medical marijuana patients will suffer because of their new lack of access.“
October around the country is generally considered harvest time. Growers get weird and cynical from too many months of fighting back insects’, mold and thieves. Regardless of whether you were an outdoor cultivator or an indoor hydroponics specialist, hurricane Sandy offered up a whole new set of obstacles for you to overcome the last few days. As medical patients and recreational smokers alike, scramble up and down the eastern seaboard like a pack of wild dogs, searching for generators, tarps and anything else they might useful to stabilize their hard-earned crop, the super-storm of the century gathered up power and slammed ashore.
Sandy made landfall between New York City and New Jersey late Monday afternoon with an opening salvo of 80 mph sustained winds, which cut power to more than 6 million homes from the embattled state of Ohio, all the way down to South Carolina. The storm not only left the indoor medical marijuana grower struggling for power and scrambling for a way to finish their growth cycle, but she also put the presidential campaign into an indefinite holding pattern – just one week before the election.
As the Franke-n-storm lived up to its grim expectations air travel along the eastern seaboard was ceased, houses were boarded up and people were asked to leave their low-lying houses. The storm which is estimated to cause approximate $20 billion in damage to the US economy, will no doubt also damage the eastern seaboard’s entire outdoor crop of marijuana for 2012.
So what does this mean?
After calling one of my long-time friends, who is a world-class cultivator from up in the Mendocino area of California, I asked him what he thought this might do to the price of weed this year? After a long pause, and sounding deep in thought he said “we’re all whores now, what doesn’t end up in the collectives in California will no doubt make the long trip to New York and South Carolina, as well as the rest of the eastern seaboard.” What about California’s medical marijuana patients, I asked? “Well the last couple of years have been banner crops for the marijuana farmers in the Emerald triangle, yet many of the state sanctioned medical marijuana collectives have been closed down. The end result is that we still have all this great Bud, but the intended distribution point is now absent…this missing piece of the puzzle has forced many of the local growers to use weed mules, driving their product back to the East Coast.” … And I’m guessing that the price will probably go up for your dank KGB.
The massive destruction along the eastern seaboard has been hard to watch, but I can’t turn it off. Watching this massive storm wreaked havoc on the financial capital of the world (New York City) I can’t help but wonder how many medical marijuana patients will suffer because of their new lack of access. Not only is there outdoor crop destroyed, their indoor crops are more than likely either underwater or in the dark.
At a time when they need it most.