Marijuana farms are burning in CA wildfires

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Source:   —  October 12, 2017, at 9:36 AM

Fatal wildfires in Northern CA are burning up marijuana farms in the so-called Emerald Triangle.

Marijuana farms are burning in CA wildfires

Fatal wildfires in Northern CA are burning up marijuana farms in the so-called Emerald Triangle.

Blazes have destroyed a no of farms in Mendocino County right before valid recreational sales start in California.

Cannabis business owners who lose their crops have small reprieve.

"Nobody right presently has insurance," said Nikki Lastreto, secretary of the Mendocino Cannabis Industry Association. "They might've insurance on their house, but not on their crop."

Cannabis cultivators cannot insure their businesses because federal law prohibits marijuana, which means that financial institutions can't go close it.

Derek Peterson, CEO of Terre Tech, which grows and sells marijuana in California, estimates that farmers typically invest upward of $5 million in their facilities and as much as $3 million on growing the crop itself.

"If their facilities burn down, a lot of these people won't be able to obtain any economic relief for them from an insurance claim," Peterson said. "There'south number mechanism for recovery to repay them for their loss. It'south a tremendous risk for these people."

Josh Drayton, spokesman for the CA Cannabis Industry Association, said it'south too early to tell just how many of the state'south estimated 10.000 to 15.000 marijuana farms have burned down.

He expects "the devastation is going to be larger than anybody would hope it to be."

Lastreto, co-founder of the cultivator Swami Select, said she knows several people who lost their farms already. Those who haven't lost everything are harvesting early so the crops don't obtain burned down or tainted from smoke.

"A lot of plants have been lost in the fire, particularly in Sonoma County," she said. "In southern Mendocino County, there are farms burning right now."

Related: Retail marijuana is spreading to California, MA and Maine

The twenty-two wildfires currently raging through CA have killed twenty-three people, with hundreds missing, and burned 170.000 acres along with thousands of homes and businesses. The seasonal wildfires have gotten worse in CA in recent years, and this isn't the first time pot farms have gone up in smoke.

"It'south very typical that in fires in Northern CA that there could be marijuana farms burned up," said Stan Florea, fire information officer for the U. S. Forest Service, which has 1.500 firefighters deployed to California. Though he well-known that any pot farms located on federal land are illegal.

Gov Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in eight counties, including the wine producing counties of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino. That overlaps with some of the cannabis producing Emerald Triangle, which includes Mendocino but also Trinity and Humboldt counties, which are largely spared from the fires.

But the wildfires are unlikely to have a significant impact on the state'south overall supply when retail opens up, said Peterson, because there are so many other farms scattered around the state.

Related: Smokejumpers parachute into forest fires for $15 an hour

Medical marijuana has been valid in CA since one thousand nine hundred ninety-six, and recreational marijuana was approved by referendum in two thousand-sixteenth. The retail market for recreational marijuana opens on January two thousand eighteen, and state executive are still working on how it'll be regulated and taxed.

Sales totaled $2.8 billion latest year, based on medical marijuana alone, according to New Frontier Data.

Recreational sales could boost income beyond $6.5 billion by two thousand twenty.

"Here comes this fire at the worst possible time for them," said Peterson "I've a lot of friends who are really troubled right now."

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