Marijuana Is Burning in the California Wildfires
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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
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.
Hezekiah Allen, the executive director of the California Growers Association, said Thursday that at least seven farms had been destroyed, and that he expected the number to “increase significantly” as people returned to their homes. Tens of thousands of cannabis growers live in Northern California.The owners of the seven farms include small-scale growers who put their life savings into their farms over the past year, he said. None of them have insurance, he said.“They leveraged themselves entirely,” Mr. Allen said. “It’s going to hit some families really hard.”Since marijuana is still considered an illegal drug by the federal government, the industry works entirely in cash, said Josh Drayton, a spokesman for the California Cannabis Industry Association. That makes reliable insurance difficult to acquire and banking impossible to use.Even the crops that were not in the direct line of fire could lose value or become unusable because of smoke damage, soot and ash. Growers will have to sort out whether the damage is merely aesthetic or whether it could include contaminants that would present a health risk to consumers, Mr. Allen said. Smoke tends to stick to the plants, which is bad news for a product that depends largely on flavor and scent for its value.“If it’s supposed to smell like lemon and it smells like wildfire, that’s going to be a significant detractor,” he said.Mr. Drayton said October is the end of growing season in Northern California, making it a disastrous time for the fires to hit.“A lot of these crops have not been harvested at all, so that means a total loss on those farms,” he said.Photos of scorched land have started appearing on Instagram, including one from Sonoma Cannabis Company. “We have all been touched by this tragedy. One of our Team members lost their home, their crop and everything in the fire,” the caption read.The state has long been the country’s illicit hub of growing marijuana, and its market alone is estimated to be worth about $7 billion, according to Arcview, a company that conducts cannabis research.California voted in November to legalize recreational marijuana, allowing adults 21 or older to possess limited amounts for personal use and have up to six plants in private residences. The law is set to take effect in January 2018, and officials expect legalization to bring about $1 billion in tax revenue. Medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 1996.California has been at odds with the Trump administration on the state’s marijuana industry. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has equated marijuana use with heroin, has asked Senate leaders to roll back protections for the medical marijuana industry. And in February, the White House said it would consider enforcing federal law against recreational marijuana businesses.Source: New York Times (NY) Author: Daniel Victor and Maya Salam Published: October 13, 2017Copyright: 2017 The New York Times CompanyContact: letters nytimes.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #7 posted by Sam Adams on October 14, 2017 at 12:31:12 PT
on fire
Scientists have been warning since the 1970's that greenhouse gasses will raise the Earth's temperature and make the West hotter and drier, with more wildfires.It was just last summer than we had a near-miss with all of western Canada's boreal forest going up in smoke. We just had a wet winter, if it was a dry one these fires crews that are coming into CA would be busy in their home states. The stronger hurricanes and worsening fires are arriving right on schedule. up next - flooding among all the worlds' coastlines at once. Don't expect FEMA or any out-of-state rescue crews to come when the real fun gets underway
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on October 14, 2017 at 10:49:38 PT
TroutMask - Last Post Spelled the Site Name Wrong
The correct site referenced is , not .
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on October 14, 2017 at 10:29:43 PT
Did you read any of the scientific facts and eyewitness reports or just look at the pictures? Chem-trails is not a scientific term. Geoengineering and Solar Radiation Management are scientific terms. is a serious science-based site, not some flimsy made-up fantasy.Do a little more research. Then, look up and see if you notice any strange unnatural cloud formations in your own area.
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Comment #4 posted by TroutMask on October 14, 2017 at 05:09:01 PT
Chem-trails (Geo-engineering)? Really?
Chemtrails? Get freaking serious. There are plenty of real things in the world causing problems without making up new ones.
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Comment #3 posted by afterburner on October 13, 2017 at 18:18:53 PT
Stop Spraying Us
Geoengineering Is Fueling Firestorm Catastrophes.
October 11, 2017.   75 Comments. 33421.
Dane Wigington,
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on October 13, 2017 at 16:33:32 PT
Fires Deliberately Set!
According to Paul Beckwith!Check it out: a good weekend anyway!
Fires Deliberately Set!
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Comment #1 posted by Hope on October 13, 2017 at 16:22:40 PT
Guess that takes care of my old theory from the Afghanistan war stories that cannabis/hemp plants, perhaps, could be utilized as natural firebreaks.Remember? The military claimed they couldn't burn the Afghanistan cannabis fields with even flame throwers. So sorry, California.
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