Legal cannabis farms throughout Northern California are having to deal with smoke and ash covering their plants from a series of devastating wildfires. A few grow operations have also been lost in the fires. (Oct. 16)
ERICH PEARSON: Smoke taint is something we're concerned about. Ash landing on the plants is something we're concerned about. Operationally, we are focused a lot on water and backup power in the event that PG&E shuts off power. Pollutants from fires will show up on the tests. In 17, because we had structure fires here, we had some pollutants on the cannabis and had to destroy the cannabis. Here, we're not seeing any problem with that. We know of at least five or six in Sonoma County who were completely destroyed-- you know, homes, barns, crop, everything.
NATASHA KHALLOUF: We purchased it at a foreclosure auction on a Wednesday. And because of the active wildfires, we weren't able to get insured. And essentially, three days later, it all burned down. The smoke that, you know, the plants are being exposed to is a real big concern. And well, we're yet to see what type of remediation we're all gonna need. I mean, one of the biggest concerns I guess is of the heavy metals and arsenic and all that. So, you know, those are bridges most of us have yet to cross.
It's like a revolution. And, like, would you give it up in the midst of a revolution? It's like you can't. You're in it. You know, there's no way that you're gonna turn around and back down now.