Wildfires scorching hundreds of acres in southern Oregon are prompting evacuations, canceling popular performances of the Ashland Shakespeare Festival and casting a smoky cloud over the region’s most famous crop.
Marijuana growers say the wildfires have turned what normally would be the sundrenched end of summer into a smoky haze that has affected their plants and field workers.
“The smoke down here is choking out everything,” said Brent Kenyon, a longtime marijuana grower in Eagle Point who owns Oregon Cannabis Farms.
He said the haze has covered the crop like a “plastic layer” sealing out direct sunlight as the plants head into its critical flowering stage.
Source: Cannabis Business Times