“Several marijuana farms in Mendocino County, California have been destroyed as a result of the state’s rapid spreading wildfires, leaving many business owners — who the law bars from obtaining insurance — without product as legal sales are set to begin in January, according to multiple news reports.
Since Sunday night, wildfires have spread throughout Northern California’s wine country and have left at least 24 dead and hundreds missing, CNN reported.
More than 3,500 structures have been destroyed, and Gov. Jerry Brown declared state of emergencies in eight counties as 21 fires burn throughout the state. More than 191,000 were torched, “a collective area nearly the size of New York City,” The Washington Post reported.” MORE
Despite the ever-worsening drought, California still grows more than half the produce in the United States. But not without a cost: Groundwater supplies are low, and soil is eroding and getting saltier.
Maybe it’s time to “de-Californify” the nation’s supply of fruits and vegetables. But how? Well, I have an idea. To find out what it is, click here.
By JOHN BRESNAHAN and JONATHAN ALLEN
House Democrats will use a parliamentary procedure to try to break a logjam over government funding and bring a “clean” continuing resolution to the floor, according to senior Democratic lawmakers and leadership aides.
Reps. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) will attempt to “hijack” an existing Republican bill and file a discharge petition that ripens in just seven legislative days, instead of the normal 30 days
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