Although growing cannabis can be quite a rewarding experience, it is fraught with numerous complications. The plant requires a specific set of conditions to thrive, and farmers could find themselves facing losses due to any number of reasons. This time, it was the cold. Colorado has seen uncharacteristically frigid temperatures this month. The second week of September saw especially cold temperatures that dropped below freezing and dumped inches of snow on the ground, potentially destroying millions of dollars’ worth of outdoor cannabis and hemp plants.
For most outdoor cannabis and hemp farmers in Colorado, the roughly 70-degree temperature swing came way too early in the season, and very few, if any, were able to preemptively harvest their crop. Farmers who didn’t have adequate weather protection had to stand and watch as their crops froze and stems and branches broke under the weight of the snow. According to Dr. Jon Vaught, CEO, and co-founder of Front Range Biosciences, a Colorado-based cannabis biotech firm with hemp…
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