Many parts of California are currently on fire due to some of the deadliest wildfires in the state’s history. Thus far, 42 people have been killed, and more than 8,400 homes have been destroyed. However, the fires that tore through Sonoma and Napa have taken out some marijuana fields and facilities, as well.
One such building, according to CBS News, was a 40,000-square-foot barn, which was used for processing and packaging cannabis grown by a man named Erich Pearson. The fire destroyed all the marijuana that had been processed and packed, and much of the equipment used at the facility was destroyed in the blaze. The devastation to the facility was significant, and others in the area likely suffered a similar fate.
In fact, in this area of California, there are around 3,000 other growers and facilities. It is likely that tens of millions of dollars have been lost. One of the biggest problems they are facing is insurance. Because the federal government still sees harvest of marijuana as a crime, it was not possible to get insurance coverage for marijuana.
What is going to happen now that so many of these facilities suffered damage? While it is too early to know just how much was lost, and there are fires still burning, most are trying to remain positive. They want to look to the future, as they know marijuana in California will remain a multibillion dollar industry. Hopefully, they all get back on their feet and start growing again as soon as possible.