Last week fires have caused millions of dollars in damages throughout all of northern California, according to CNN. California fires have destroyed much of its infrastructure, housing, and among other things over 34 cannabis farms.
California fires near the final count
According to the state’s firefighting department fires have burned over 245,000 acres, and destroyed 7,700 structures and taking the lives of 42 people so far, with many other sustaining injuries.
Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, said that this is not the final number as they are still in the process of collecting data.
Allen confirmed that 25 pot farms have been destroyed in Sonoma county which suffered most from the fires.
The number is likely to rise to 30, as at the moment he wasn’t able to reach the remaining 5 which were hit.
He also said that since there are more than 15,000 pot farms in all of Sonoma County this shouldn’t be a big hit to the industry.
“There is no way to insure our cannabis crops, so whatever the loss is a loss” — Susan Schindler, Potter Valley Farms
The worst news for those pot farms are yet to come, as the Sonoma County Growers Alliance claims none of them had insurance in place during the time of the fires.
This is due to the fact that the federal prohibition makes it extremely difficult for cannabis farmers to get some kind of insurance.
Cannabis fundraiser gets shut down
The public’s efforts to help the community in growing cannabis businesses have been put on hold.
Cannabis farms in California’s have been hit hard by the wildfires, yet federal restrictions are preventing the public from helping these businesses get back on their feet.
More than $13,000 was raised for dozens of businesses destroyed in the fires over the last few days, however they will be going back to the pockets of the generous investors.
Given that almost any type of cannabis handling is seen as illegal in the eyes of federal law, raising money to help them is especially hard given that all such funds must go through federal agencies.
The crowdfunding website Youcaring announced they had to take the fundraiser as it did not comply with both state and federal laws.
Another fact which goes against the fundraising for cannabis-related is that payment providers WePay, and PayPal don’t support these types of fundraising.
Hezekiah Allen aimed to raise at least $25,000 for the 30+ businesses affected by the California fires. As of now, that seems a bit unrealistic simply due to legal issues with the federal government.
Recreational marijuana shortage not likely
It’s still unclear what effect the losses will have on the state’s cannabis industry, but it could drive up prices just as California is set to open up the recreational use of marijuana in January.
Given that there are more than 50,000 thousand pot farms in California, the state’s supply should not be overly affected by the destruction caused by the fires.
Growers in California will have the opportunity to grow medical cannabis in their homes as well, which will be possible as of January 1st.
Proposition 64 states that adults will be allowed to legally grow up to 6 plants inside their homes.
Recreational cannabis legalization in California is scheduled for January 1st, 2018.