As you may or may not be aware, there are massive wildfires ripping through California right now. This is terrible for a number of reasons, the main one being the implication that California is still on fire in the middle of October, but this is also not good for California’s first recreational crop.
The Bay area is blazing down and not in a good way. Almost sixty thousand acres have burnt up and over ten thousand people have been evacuated. The enormous wildfires are not only threatening the vast stretches of vineyards, but a good chunk of the state’s newest cash crop is in danger of going up in smoke before the recreational sales start next year. Growers have already said that their crops are already damaged from smoke, which affects both flavor and aroma. East Bay Express reports that some growers are playing along and giving their crops names like “Campfire Pot” and “Beef Jerky.” It’s cool that they’re trying to have a good sense of humor, but the thought of smoking a strain called Beef Jerky is not all that appealing to me. Actually, it’s not appealing at all.
According to SFGate the California Grower’s Association is reporting their worst growing season on record, due to wildfire. Executive Director Hezekiah Allen says that there will be “a deep scar” as more than two dozen CGA members have reported losing their farms. “I had one conversation today where the family was in tears, saying, ‘We don’t know how we’re going to make it to January, let alone next planting season,’ Allen said to reporters.
It gets worse, because these people grow cannabis, they have an exceedingly difficult time obtaining fire insurance, and in most cases they cannot get it at all. These are people’s livelihoods that are at stake here, not to mention their homes and their lives.I haven’t lived in California for a few years, but I remain a California girl. My heart is with all of you down there in the Golden State. I’m not going to go off on a big rant about the effects of climate change, but this is only the beginning. Unless we do something now, it’s only going to get worse, and I’m not just talking about our beloved cannabis.
Source: East Bay Express
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