When California’s Raging Wildfires Burn Marijuana Fields, Should You Worry?

CALIFORNIA:  Wildfires have burned tens of thousands of acres across California in recent weeks, including many areas where marijuana growers plant their crops. Can firefighters battling blazes near them — or really anyone, if they get close enough — get high?

“Unfortunately, no. Or fortunately, no, depending on your perspective,” said Ryan Vandrey, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, in an interview with LiveScience, adding that it’s highly unlikely that someone within range of the fire could become intoxiated by breathing in its smoke.

The question is more than simply academic, as a number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the San Francisco Bay Area have complained in news reports that the wildfires are harming their industry, by burning up the cannabis plants nearby.

California Wildfires Burning Part Of Medical Marijuana Industry

CALIFORNIA:  It’s a different kind of smoke than they’re used to. Several Bay Area medical marijuana dispensaries say wildfires around California are hurting their industry. They claim cannabis plants are growing around some of state’s fires, especially the Rocky Fire near Clear Lake.

By Wednesday night, the Rocky Fire burned 69,600 acres and destroyed 43 homes.

Timothy Anderson is the purchasing manager at Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland. He says one of the burned homes belonged to a cannabis grower who provided them with product.