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At least 31 cannabis farms go up in smoke as wildfires rip through California

At least 31 cannabis farms go up in smoke as wildfires rip through California
Marcos Morales, co-founder of pot company Legion of Bloom, walks through his farm of ready-to-harvest pot plants in Glen Ellen (Picture: AP Photo/Paul Elias)

At least 31 marijuana farms have fallen victim to the devastating wildfires tearing through California.

Marcos Morales, co-founder of Legion of Bloom pot farm, said the raging inferno destroyed 1,600 pounds of bud that was ready to harvest at his Glen Ellen base.

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Smoke damaged around 2,500 plants that were still growing.

Morales said: ‘It’s not good, but we’ll be OK.’

The number of pot farms damaged in the fires is expected to rise once evacuation orders have been lifted and people can return to inspect the damage.

At least 31 cannabis farms go up in smoke as wildfires rip through California
Marco Morales, center background, and farm manager Michael Hausmann, right background, fetch gasoline from a tank that surprisingly survived a fire (Picture: AP Photo/Paul Elias)
At least 31 cannabis farms go up in smoke as wildfires rip through California
Owners say the damage is bad but the business will still survive (Picture: AP Photo/Paul Elias)

It is legal to grow weed in California so long as you have a license.

The state legalized possession in November 2016. Weed users can carry up to one once of marijuana or eight grams of concentrates of personal use cannabis so long as you’re 21 or over.

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The new law also reduced penalties against those caught for illegal cultivation.

Companies are really looking to capitalize on the legalization. One cannabis firm is even buying an entire town so they can turn it into a weedtopia.

American Green Inc. will own all 80 acres of Nipton.

At least 31 cannabis farms go up in smoke as wildfires rip through California
Nipton is literally in the middle of nowhere (Picture: PA)
At least 31 cannabis farms go up in smoke as wildfires rip through California
But the hotel is popular with tourists who are obsessed with wild west culture (Picture: AP)

It’s a dusty desert town, but includes an old hotel, a handful of houses, an RV park and a coffee shop. Its plans are to transform the gold rush town into what it calls ‘an energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination’.

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The town’s current owner, Roxanne Lang, said the sale is still in escrow, but confirmed American Green is the buyer. She declined to reveal price before the sale closes, but noted she and her late husband, Gerald Freeman, listed the property at $5million when they put it up for sale last year.

Asked what her husband would think of the buyers’ plans to turn Nipton into the pot paradise, she said: ‘I think he would find a lot of humor in that.’

At least 31 cannabis farms go up in smoke as wildfires rip through California
The Nipton Trading Post is the town’s most booming business for its lottery tickets (Picture: AP)
At least 31 cannabis farms go up in smoke as wildfires rip through California
The people of Nipton are excited by the ‘green rush’ (Picture: AP)
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