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Cannabis Cracks the Top 5 of California Grown Crops



Photo of Steve Fagan, grower and owner of SLOgrown Genetics
In this Sept. 11, 2018, photo Steve Fagan, grower and collective owner of SLOgrown Genetics, attends to his organic cannabis. (AP File)
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California’s legal cannabis farmers are producing about 514 metric tons of the crop valued at $1.66 billion, KCRW reports.

That ranks cannabis as No. 5 in cash value among crops grown in the state. At No. 4 is strawberries at $2 billion. Tomatoes are sixth at $1.19 billion.

According to Politico, California’s illegal cannabis market approaches $8 billion annually.

Statistics compiled by the California Department of Food and Agriculture for 2020 show dairy products valued at $7.47 billion. Almonds were valued at $5.62 billion and grapes $4.48 billion.

Read more at KCRW.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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