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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – California wildfires have destroyed dozens of cannabis farms just weeks before the state’s legal recreational marijuana market goes live.
Thirty-four farms have been destroyed as of Friday, according to Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association.
But he said that number is likely to rise.
“Unfortunately, it will grow significantly,” Allen said. He’s working to confirm additional reports of burned farms by making phone contact with the farmers. “Just the scale of this event is kind of numbing.”
The fires that started sweeping across the state earlier this month are the most destructive in California’s history. The fires have burned 245,000 acres, destroyed 7,700 structures and killed 42 people, according to Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting department.
The fires have been particularly bad in Sonoma County, where 30 pot farms and three pot manufacturers lost everything to the blazes, according to the web site of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance. None of those businesses are insured, according to the alliance.
Allen said he managed to confirm that 25