Sonoma County cannabis growers concerned about smoke taint after wildfires

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — Harvest time in Sonoma County.

We’ve already heard about the grapes, and concerns about how smoke taint from fires will eliminate some vintages, but here’s something new.

“That’s ash here,” said Erich Pearson pointing at some leaves.

He is part biologist, part grower, and a full time CEO at Sparc in Glen Ellen.

Right now, his crop is coming in, and it is not grapes or broccoli. Not with strains named Doctor Order, Wedding Crasher, or San Fernando Valley.

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“It’s cannabis,” said Erich.

Towering, flowering cannabis, acres of it.

And here, growers have concerns about smoke taint as well.

Unlike wine, where the smoke absorbs into skins and affects the taste, smoke taint in cannabis is more a matter of aesthetics.

Consumers don’t want ashes on their pot. If those ashes are polluted, they don’t want them at all.

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