Clash between cannabis and wine

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/14/747441997/californias-largest-legal-weed-farms-face-conflict-in-wine-country

Read this article today about how farmers in Santa Barbara are growing cannabis for recreational consumption. Farmers found that fungicides from a near by vineyard was getting on to the cannabis crops (by law, cannabis cannot be treated in such a way). This has caused problems between farmers.

2 things I noticed:

1. Cannabis takes up less space than vineyards.

2. Cannabis creates more money per acre than vineyards.

I have read and heard many in the wine world thumbing their nose at canna-business, but we need to start taking this extremely seriously. Think of the financial and political power that canna-business will yield in the decades to come in the largest wine producing state in the US.

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  • Definitely something to keep an eye on. Some interesting stats here in this article. 

    wineindustryadvisor.com/.../consumer-insights-cannabis-impact-wine

  • I love stats (when it isn't me crunching the numbers). The political clout that canna-buisness will have in Cali will rival and, in my opinion, over take wine in the coming decades. When i talk to people about this I tell them:

    "Look, young people don't get wine and many don't want to. I live out in the suburbs of Chicago, and you typically have to go in to the city to find really great lists(there are some exceptions). So, a person would have to drive into the city, spend a lot of money, and either have one drink or risk getting pulled over. On the other hand, a person could go to a dispensary, get food delivered by Door Dash and watch Netflix without any risk of law enforcement. As a young person with limited funds and no knowledge of wine, which would you prefer?"

    As Brandt in The Big Lebowski would say, "This is our concern, Dude."

    On a different note, it was nice to meet you at the Franciacorta masters class in Chicago.

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  • I love stats (when it isn't me crunching the numbers). The political clout that canna-buisness will have in Cali will rival and, in my opinion, over take wine in the coming decades. When i talk to people about this I tell them:

    "Look, young people don't get wine and many don't want to. I live out in the suburbs of Chicago, and you typically have to go in to the city to find really great lists(there are some exceptions). So, a person would have to drive into the city, spend a lot of money, and either have one drink or risk getting pulled over. On the other hand, a person could go to a dispensary, get food delivered by Door Dash and watch Netflix without any risk of law enforcement. As a young person with limited funds and no knowledge of wine, which would you prefer?"

    As Brandt in The Big Lebowski would say, "This is our concern, Dude."

    On a different note, it was nice to meet you at the Franciacorta masters class in Chicago.

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