US (CO): Early storm hammers Colorado’s cannabis supply

Los Suenos Farms, one of the largest cannabis producers in Colorado, is an outdoor grower, which means it is subject to the whims of Mother Nature.

And on Oct. 10, Mother Nature dinged Los Suenos Farms good and hard. A storm dumped several inches of snow on the Pueblo-based operation and subjected it to eight hours of sub-freezing temperatures.

As a result Los Suenos lost about half its crop.

The loss will reverberate throughout the state’s entire recreational cannabis industry, reducing the amount of cannabis available to both retailers and processors and pushing up wholesale pot processors.

Los Suenos has 36 acres of outdoor production, in addition to indoor production in greenhouses and hoop houses.

“It was going to be a huge, bumper year,” said Los Suenos founder Bob DeGabrielle. “Unfortunately you can’t do anything about Mother Nature.”

Company workers were able to cut down about 20,000 of the 40,000 plants growing outdoors before the storm hit. Company employees kept harvesting even after the snow started, but the company didn’t have the storage space to accommodate emergency cropping, which limited what could be saved.


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