By every estimate, more marijuana was grown in the United States this year than ever before, as legal sales of the country’s favorite heretofore illicit drug are projected to top $26 billion, according to one estimate.

That’s a lot of value. But in California—where more than 1 million pounds of cannabis entered the legal market this year, according to state figures—farmers also left more marijuana plants in the ground past their due date, sacrificing them to the weather and the earth, rather than harvest them, according to interviews with growers, distributors, and small-farm advocates.

“This year, people are just letting it rot,” confirmed Swami Chaitanya, the co-founder and icon behind Mendocino County-based heritage brand Swami Select. “Why bother?”

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