Marijuana farms in Northern California burned down in recent wildfires. A fundraiser to help them bounce back was shut down. FreeImages.com/Mateusz Atroszko Marijuana farms in Northern California burned down in recent wildfires. A fundraiser to help them bounce back was shut down. Related Content
SAN FRANCISCO (CNNMoney) – The wildfires scorching Northern California have burned down at least 34 marijuana farms, just as the state prepares to launch a legal recreational marijuana industry.
Recovery poses unique challenges for the growers. Because selling marijuana violates federal law, even when it’s allowed by individual states, most farms lack proper insurance and won’t qualify for federal aid.
Now an attempt to crowdfund money online for farmers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties has been shut down by payment provider WePay.
To help the families and businesses impacted by the fires, Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, set up an online fundraiser.
He used personal crowdfunding site YouCaring and set a goal of $25,000. He managed to raise more than $13,000 before the site suspended the fundraiser on Monday and