First the wildfires in Northern California came for your wine. Now they’re coming for your weed.
Twenty-two fires have destroyed more than 17,000 acres of the Golden State, and pot growers are beginning to report devastation to their crops, some of which would be the first legal recreational weed in the state.
WTVR reported that farms in Mendocino County, north of the original fire-damaged areas in Napa and Sonoma Counties, are being destroyed as the fires spread to the so-called Emerald Triangle, where California’s booming pot industry is based.
The state has an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 marijuana farms, and a spokesman for the California Cannabis Association says it’s too early to say how many will be lost. But the damage will be more than just a minor bummer.
“The devastation is going to be larger than anybody would hope it to be,” said the spokesman Josh Drayton.
Pot growers are not only fearing for their crops, but also for their livelihoods as producers typically lack insurance because their businesses are illegal under federal law.