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Better Off Dry: The Drought Improved California’s Outdoor Marijuana Harvest

Summertime in Northern California is long, hot, and dry. The ideal atmosphere for a float down the Russian River is also the perfect climate for growing the things you’d want to bring along on that river trip. Hops, good wine grapes, and world-class cannabis all thrive in the heat.

As America finally cottons to the notion of cannabis as a legitimate industry, growing marijuana is proving itself a viable career. The average farmworker in America takes home a little more than $30,000 a year. California fruit pickers and animal stewards make slightly more money, but some farmworkers in the state can take home as much as $41,800 annually. That’s the average wage for a farmworker on a marijuana patch, according to the Emerald Growers Association, a trade group for outdoor farmers. [Read More at SF Weekly]

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