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Pot Farmer’s Dreams Go Up in Smoke During California Wildfires

October 18th, 2017
Categories: Past News

Link: https://www.theepochtimes.com/pot-farmers-dreams-go-up-in-smoke-during-california-wildfires_2334146.html

Andrew Lopas’ plans to bring his marijuana business out of the black market with a legal, profitable and organic pot farm went up in smoke in the wildfires that have scorched Santa Rosa, California. After four decades of growing pot illegally, the 54-year-old saw an opportunity last year to start a legitimate business serving the medical marijuana market.

, Lopas’ cannabis farm in Santa Rosa went up in flames only days away from his first harvest.

Lost in the conflagration at Mystic Spring Farms were 2,500 pounds of cannabis worth an estimated $2 million, $10,000 in cash to pay the mortgage and workers, a farmhouse that dated back to the 18th century, trailers and farm vehicles, and 900 marijuana plants.

Fires destroyed 30 pot farms in Sonoma, Mendocino and Napa counties and significantly damaged a similar number, according to the California Growers Association.

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