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California Wildfires Threaten Thousands of Cannabis Farms

 

ditor’s note: This story has been updated.

A cluster of California wildfires north of San Francisco have so far devoured more than 70,000 acres and killed at least 11 people, according to official reports. And though the infernos have come to be known as the “Wine Country fires,” they stand to destroy tens of millions of dollars’ worth of cannabis gardens on the outskirts of the state’s famed Emerald Triangle.

It’s one of the most devastating series of fires in recent California history, and Gov. Jerry Brown has already declared a state of emergency in affected counties. Numerous growers have been affected by mandatory evacuation orders, and some farms have already been destroyed.......

 

 

https://www.leafly.com/news/industry/california-wildfires-threaten-thousands-of-cannabis-farms

 


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Wildfires Threaten California’s First Legal Cannabis Harvest

Powerful wildfires fanned by strong winds are ravaging parts of Northern California, having killed at least 11 people, destroying some 1,500 structures, thousands of trees and over 120,000 acres of land. Over 30,000 people in the paths of the fast-moving infernos have fled their homes, according to the California Department of Forestry. And California marijuana growers north of San Francisco faced mandatory evacuation orders and potentially tens of millions of dollars in crop damage and loss of the state’s first legal cannabis harvest.

Local reports confirm that up to 9,000 cannabis grows in Sonoma County have been affected.

Santa Rosa is among the cities hardest hit by the firestorms.....

 

 

https://hightimes.com/news/wildfires-cannabis-harvest/


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Devastating Photos Show Wildfire’s Toll on a California Cannabis Farm

 

Erich Pearson, chief executive officer of the San Francisco Patient Resource Center, was startled awake at 1:30 a.m. Monday to the hellish sight of a firestorm raining embers onto his sprawling cannabis farm in California’s wine country.

“The entire sky was glowing,” Pearson recounted in an interview with Leafly. “I could see orange and dots of bright red. There were multiple fires all over the mountain.”

The farm, near the Sonoma County village of Glen Ellen, produces cannabis for four medical marijuana dispensaries in Pearson’s SPARC network, including two in San Francisco and others in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol.....

 

https://www.leafly.com/news/industry/devastating-photos-show-wildfires-toll-on-a-california-cannabis-farm


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Some cannabis farmers’ livelihoods could be wiped out by California fires

Due to the legal status of cannabis, many farmers are ineligible for federal assistance, insurance and loans

For many businesses in northern California, it will take years to rebuild from the wildfires that have decimated the region. For many legal cannabis growers, the destruction could be insurmountable.

At least six marijuana farms have been destroyed, said Hezekiah Allen, executive director at the California Growers Association. That number is likely to rise significantly as communications come back online and people who have evacuated the area are allowed to return and assess damages.

The growers face a challenging outlook because they don’t have access to a key lifeline in the world of agriculture: crop insurance.....

 

 

http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/10/12/california-fires-marijuana-growers/89964/


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California cannabis growers reeling from “most financially trying, stressful year ever”

Harvest worries compounded by wildfires, new expenses of legalization

Oct 12, 2017

“This time of year, everyone’s harvesting. And now, the annual paycheck that we’ve been working all year to earn may have been burnt to a crisp or will soon dry out due to lack of water.”

The stresses felt by cannabis farmer Ahren Osterbrink, a Redwood Valley resident evacuated since the onset of the Mendocino Lake Complex fire, are feelings mirrored by countless farmers.....

 

 

http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/10/12/california-marijuana-growers-fires-legalization-prep-harvest/89963/


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California wildfires destroying pot farms just before legal sales begin in state

The Northern California wildfires this week have destroyed at least seven marijuana farms just months before the state begins licensing legal sales of cannabis, making it the “worst year on record” for loss of crops, an industry leader said Tuesday.

Many growers lost their homes and farms in the Redwood Complex fire in Mendocino County, the Atlas fire in Napa County and the Stubbs and Nuns fires in Sonoma County, according to Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Assn.....

 

http://www.thecannifornian.com/cannabis-news/california-wildfires-destroying-pot-farms-just-legal-sales-begin-state/


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Cannabis Companies Donate $50K to Wildfire Victims

A couple of cannabis companies under the “CannaCraft” brand are stepping up to help those in need. Any medical marijuana patients who were displaced or evacuated because of the Northern California fires are eligible to receive complimentary cannabis products. When cannabis companies donate $50K to wildfire victims, it’s hard to argue that legal cannabis is causing harm.

CannaCraft Being Kind

Many victims of the wildfires have lost their homes, including members of CannaCraft’s staff. Their growing facility is in Northern California, so the impact of the wildfire hit close to home.

Over 120,000 acres of land have burned and upwards of 25,000 residents have been evacuated. Thousands of homes and businesses were lost, and there are still hundreds of missing and injured people out there....

 

https://hightimes.com/news/pot-dispensary-donates-50k-to-wildfire-victims/


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How to Help Those Affected by California Wildfires

The fires ripping through California’s North Bay region have become some of the most destructive in state history. Authorities say the blazes have now killed at least 27 people, destroyed 3,500 structures, and displaced thousands of residents and their pets.

Firefighters are currently battling at least 22 ongoing fires across more than 265 square miles, according to Cal Fire, and gusty weather expected for Thursday means the situation could grow even worse.

Among those hit hardest by the fires are hundreds of cannabis growers, many of whom have lost entire crops and, in some cases, their homes. Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, estimates that damages to crops and property could total hundreds of millions of dollars, calling it the “worst year on record” for crop loss. And unlike most other California farmers, cannabis growers generally don’t have access to crop insurance.....

 

https://www.leafly.com/news/industry/how-to-help-those-affected-by-california-wildfires

 


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Cannabis Industry Hit Hard by California Wildfires

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As wildfires rage across the state of California, it has become devastatingly clear who is in command.

“This is an example of nature in control, and we are doing what we can, but we’re not being that effective at stopping the fire,” explained Cal Fire Battalion Chief Marshall Tuberville.

Another source from Cal Fire reported that firefighting teams had contained “zero percent” of the sprawling blazes as of Monday night, which at that point had touched an estimated 100,000 acres. An additional 100,000 acres have been scorched since.......

 

https://www.marijuana.com/news/2017/10/cannabis-industry-hit-hard-by-california-wildfires/


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California Wild Fires Damage Cannabis Crops

The California wild fires have left a world of devastation in their wake. With so many lives and homes lost, the damage is irreparable. Almost 200,000 acres of land has been affected in Northern California, even clearing out the vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties. For the marijuana industry and those who have invested their life’s work and money into it, the fires have wreaked havoc on their crops. With only a few months left before California launches its legal recreational marijuana industry, the wild fires have wiped out acres of land in Sonoma County and in Mendocino County which are at the center of California’s marijuana industry. Mendocino is one of 3 counties in Northern California that makes up the Emerald Triangle, a region where a lot of the country’s marijuana is grown.

A Lack of Insurance

According to CNN, Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech, a company that grows and sells marijuana in California, said that many marijuana farmers invest approximately $5 million just to set up the cultivation facility and then up to $3 million just to grow the plant. Due to the fact that marijuana remains illegal on a federal level, there is no legal banking or insurance offered to those in the industry and cash is the only legal way to operate. This means that, in the event of a fire, there is no insurance or means for recovery offered to the farmers that have invested in cultivation. The repercussions are devastating and, for many, may be too high to recover from,.....

 

 

http://www.marijuanaresources.com/california-wild-fires-damage-cannabis-crops/


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After the smoke clears: What’s next for Northern California’s cannabis industry?

Experts say the region’s legal cannabis sector could face a long and costly recovery following a series of catastrophic wildfires that are still raging

 

The devastating and deadly wildfires in Northern California could hardly have come at a worse time for the region’s well-established and highly respected cannabis industry.

Growers in the area, famous for its world-class quality cannabis, were in the midst of their autumn harvest as the wildfires tore through Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties — leaving in their wake a rising death toll, millions of dollars in property loss and scores of acres of scorched farmland and forests.....

 

http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/10/14/northern-california-marijuana-industry-wildfires-recovery/90085/


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Marijuana Is Burning in the California Wildfires
Posted by CN Staff on October 13, 2017 at 13:49:45 PT
By Daniel Victor and Maya Salam 
Source: New York Times 

cannabis California -- Fatal fires that have consumed nearly 200,000 acres in Northern California, devastating the region’s vineyards particularly in Napa and Sonoma Counties, are also taking a toll on a fledgling industry just months before its debut: recreational marijuana.

Many of the region’s farms, including those that harvest cannabis, have been scorched, including those in Sonoma County and in Mendocino County, the center of California’s marijuana industry. Mendocino is one of three California counties that comprise Emerald Triangle, where much of the United States’ marijuana is produced......

 

 

 

http://cannabisnews.com/news/29/thread29169.shtml


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Keep Tabs on California Wildfires with SF Chron’s Live Map

 

A week after deadly wildfires began to spread through Northern California’s dry hills, North Bay officials said this week that the effort to contain the flames finally has gained some traction.

“Conditions have drastically changed from just 24 hours ago, and that is definitely a very good sign,” Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection, told ABC News on Sunday. “It’s probably a sign we’ve turned a corner on the fires.”

“A week ago this started as a nightmare,” added Napa County Supervisor Belia Ramos, “and the day we dreamed of has arrived.”.....

 

 

https://www.leafly.com/news/industry/keep-tabs-on-california-wildfires-with-sf-chrons-live-map


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Wildfires light up California marijuana farms

 

GLEN ELLEN, Calif. — Desperate to see if wildfires had broken his farm, Marcos Morales gunned his four-wheel-drive station wagon alongside the hidden dust roads that crisscross Sonoma County vineyards.

After evading police roadblocks and passing vintners’ well-tended swimming pools and homes, he lastly arrived to a disheartening sight: Scores of his marijuana crops had been destroyed, and a barn that held 1,600 kilos of ready-formarket pot was a smoldering spoil.

The similar fires that destroyed Northern California wineries and threatened to taint grapes nonetheless on the vine additionally took a toll on the area’s marijuana farms, which have been about to start an essential harvest lower than three months earlier than the nation’s largest leisure pot market opens for enterprise in January.

Morales and the employees who made it across the roadblocks Sunday labored to chop down 2,500 smoke-damaged crops, which will likely be price far lower than the highest greenback he had hoped to get for premium bud.

“It’s not good,” he mentioned Sunday. “But we’ll be OK.”......

 

 

 

 

https://www.420headline.com/wildfires-light-up-california-marijuana-farms/


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Are Mexican Cartels Behind California’s Wildfires?

Are Mexican cartels behind California’s wildfires? Who started this asinine rumor? You don’t need to investigate. We’ve laid out all the facts for you.

Chris Roberts

Of all the harebrained conspiracy theories we’ve heard, we’re putting the one that queries “Are Mexican cartels behind California’s wildfires?” in our top five favorites. Before you get your knickers in a twist and start repeating the headline, let’s examine the facts.

Disaster Capitalism

When disaster strikes, most human beings see tragedy. Those not burdened with character flaws like empathy and integrity see opportunity.

“Disaster capitalism” is the name given to the phenomenon of land speculators flooding a hurricane-stricken area once floodwaters recede to snap up land on the cheap. This is opportunism and obedience to the whims of the free market at its ugliest. But at least you can say these mercenaries operate in a fact-based world. 

Exploiters of catastrophe and suffering for political purposes escape even these modest strictures......

 

 

https://hightimes.com/news/mexican-cartels-behind-californias-wildfires/

 


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At least 30 cannabis farms destroyed in Northern California wildfires

GLEN ELLEN, Calif. (AP) — Desperate to see if wildfires had damaged his farm, Marcos Morales gunned his four-wheel-drive station wagon along the hidden dirt roads that crisscross Sonoma County vineyards.

After evading police roadblocks and passing vintners’ well-tended pools and houses, he finally arrived to a disheartening sight: Scores of his marijuana plants had been destroyed, and a barn that held 1,600 pounds of ready-for-market pot was a smoldering ruin....

 

 

http://www.thecannifornian.com/cannabis-news/california-news/least-30-cannabis-farms-destroyed-northern-california-wildfires/


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California cannabis growers are assessing the damages. After the shock, resignation.

"You're looking at the difference between $800 to $1,500 a pound to now getting $100; it's a huge blow," said Chiah Rodriques who runs a marijuana collective in Mendocino County

Oct 20, 2017

The deadly wildfires that ravaged communities and wineries in Northern California also severely damaged numerous marijuana farms, just before the state is expected to fully legalize the drug, in a disaster that could have far-reaching implications for a nascent industry.

At least 34 marijuana farms suffered extensive damage as the wildfires tore across wine country and some of California’s prime marijuana-growing areas. The fires could present challenges to the scheduled Jan. 1 rollout of legal marijuana sales at the start of an industry that is expected to generate billions of dollars in revenue......

 

 

 

http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/10/20/california-marijuana-growers-fires-legalization-expenses/90637/


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For cannabis farmers, rebuilding after fires is no certain task

 

As wildfires have raged across Northern California, claiming lives and scorching more than 200,000 acres, they are also taking a toll on cannabis farmers who have lost both homes and valuable crops — and have little hope of getting help from insurance or banks in an industry that remains legally hazy.

“Failed policies have left our community marginalized,” said Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, adding that while the cannabis community has a strong do-it-yourself culture, “in events like this, the vulnerabilities tend to show a little more.”...

 

 

 

http://www.thecannifornian.com/uncategorized/cannabis-farmers-rebuilding-fires-no-certain-task/


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California marijuana growers assess fire damages with dwindling hope

 

The lethal wildfires that ravaged communities and wineries in Northern California additionally severely broken quite a few marijuana farms, simply earlier than the state is predicted to totally legalize the drug, in a catastrophe that might have far-reaching implications for a nascent business.

At least 34 marijuana farms suffered in depth injury because the wildfires tore throughout wine nation and a few of California’s prime marijuana-growing areas. The fires might current challenges to the scheduled Jan. 1 rollout of authorized marijuana gross sales in the beginning of an business that’s anticipated to generate billions of in income.

In many instances, homeowners have spent tens of hundreds of to develop into compliant with state legislation to promote the product. But as a result of the federal authorities considers marijuana cultivation and gross sales a felony enterprise, it stays extraordinarily tough, if not inconceivable, for many of the marijuana companies affected by the fire to entry insurance coverage, mortgages and loans to rebuild. Even a charitable fund set as much as assist marijuana farmers was frozen as a result of a fee processor won’t deal with cannabis transactions.....

 

 

 

https://www.420headline.com/california-marijuana-growers-assess-fire-damages-with-dwindling-hope/


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