Press Release

Contact: Irene Sweeney


February 2, 2016

Cannabis Business Times to Donate to California Growers Association’s Wildfire Fund

The magazine will donate $10 per registration to its Cannabis 2018: Cultivation Conference to growers affected by California wildfires.

In response to the devastating impacts of the 2017 California wildfires on cannabis farmers in the Golden State, Cannabis Business Times (CBT) is partnering with the California Growers Association (CGA) to help raise relief funds for distressed cultivators.

For every registration to Cannabis 2018: Cultivation Conference, held from March 12-14 at the Oakland Marriott City Center, CBT will donate $10 to the CGA Wildfire Recovery Fund. CBT will donate up to $10,000 of its attendance revenue of this event to assist growers whose businesses were negatively impacted by last year’s wildfires

According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, last year’s wildfire season was the costliest in the state’s history. More than 1.3 million acres of land were destroyed by the more than 9,000 individual fires that burned. The fires heavily affected cannabis cultivators in the Los Angeles area, as well as those settled in and around Napa and Sonoma counties. However, very few parts of the state were left unaffected.

“Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary have always been about helping cannabis business owners succeed,” says Noelle Skodzinski, Editorial Director for CBT and Cannabis Dispensary (CD). “When we saw farms and businesses struggle to get back on their feet after last year’s disastrous fires, we wanted to help in any way we could.”

“From offering insightful and unique content in print and online to the Cannabis 2018: Cultivation Conference, we have always been, and always will be, committed to the long-term success of this industry and its business owners. This partnership with CGA is one more example reflecting our dedication to the cannabis market,” says CBT and CD Publisher Jim Gilbride.

The Wildfire Recovery Fund aims to help cannabis cultivators without much recourse to other relief funds. Cannabis farmers don’t qualify for crop insurance like other farmers, nor do they have access to loans or federal relief funds like other industries, according to the fund’s website.

Its mission is to help growers and their communities throughout California recover from and adapt to wildfire.

The priority objectives are:

  • Ensure that not a single grower fails to get a license because of wildfire related hardship
  • Coordinate industry and nationwide efforts to ensure the most effective use of funds
  • Maintain strong relationships with donors and strengthen relationships between partner organizations

People interested in contributing to the Wildfire Relief Fund can do so here and by attending Cannabis 2018: Cultivation Conference.

About Cannabis Business Times

Cannabis Business Times is the industry’s only publication dedicated to the cultivator/grower segment of the $2.7 billion legal cannabis market. Established in 2014 as a website, the Cannabis Business Times brand has quickly become the industry’s business and legislation source. Cannabis Business Times is published monthly, and offers a website, weekly e-newsletter and breaking news alerts. To learn more, visit

About Cannabis Dispensary

Cannabis Dispensary is the industry’s first true B2B publication dedicated entirely to the retail and ancillary business segments of the legal cannabis market. Launched as a print publication and website in November 2017, Cannabis Dispensary is quickly becoming cannabis retailers’ go-to source for business and legislation news. In addition to industry news, Cannabis Dispensary provides dispensary owners/operators with actionable intelligence that they can use to make their businesses stand out in their increasingly competitive state-legal markets. Cannabis Dispensary will be published six times in 2018. To learn more, visit

About Cannabis Cultivation Conference

Cannabis Cultivation Conference, now in its second year, will be held March 12-14 in Oakland, Calif. In addition to its unique combination of educational programming on both cultivation and business management, it has been developed by cultivators for cultivators.

The conference advisory board is comprised of cultivators and business owners (and those who are both) who were carefully selected for their level of achievement/success, their passion for the plant and vision for the advancement of the professional cannabis cultivation market. The conference also features an exhibit hall of the leading technology and solutions providers in the cannabis cultivation market.