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Valley Fire Victims Offered Free Cannabis

By Oscar Pascual |

Victims of the destructive Valley and Butte wildfires are being offered a modicum of relief from two medical marijuana businesses.

Companies Care By Design and Absolute Xtracts, which produces products such as topical sprays and hash oil vapor cartridges out of Healdsburg, announced that they are donating their products to any medical marijuana patients affected by the disastrous fires, CBS San Francisco reports.

The two fires, which began in early September, have killed at least five people so far. The destruction tallied includes 1,500 homes and more than 140,000 acres of land.

While many wildfires wreak havoc throughout the state annually at this time of the year, the Valley fire is now ranked as one of the top three most destructive wildfires in California history after setting ablaze 76,067 acres throughout the Lake, Napa, and Sonoma counties, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Patients affected by the fires can receive up to $200 worth of medical cannabis through October 7. Eligible patients must have a medical marijuana recommendation and a home address in Cobb, Kelseyville, Middletown or Hidden Valley Lake — the hardest-hit communities over the last three weeks.

The two companies are donating products worth $20,000 in total, which they began to distribute last Thursday. The free products can be picked up at five different dispensaries scattered throughout San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Lake County.

“This disaster happened in our own backyard,” said the companies in a joint statement. “As a company that prides itself on putting patient needs first, we felt there was no better time to reach out and help our neighbors in their time of need.”

As of October 1, the Valley and Butte fires are nearly fully contained at 97 percent and 96 percent, respectively. All mandatory evacuations and road closures have also been lifted.

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