The power went out early in the morning on Friday, Nov.9. All communication to the outside world was crippled. Yvonne DeLaRosa Green and her husband Sam Boyer were still in their Malibu home. At this point, the Woolsey fire already singed multiple neighboring canyons. According to DeLaRosa Green (who was one of High Times’ top 100 most influential women in cannabis in 2018) the flames were still far enough away to stay in their home–or so she thought.
“We had no television, internet, or telephone,” says DeLaRosa Green. “So we had no idea that the fires had crossed from Oak Park into Malibu.”
Having the intuitive sense to look for an old landline, Boyer located a phone and plugged it into the wall. It instantly rang. Vanessa Rodriguez, the general manager of the 99 High Tide—a Malibu dispensary founded by Delarosa Green—was on the line.
“She was like ‘I can’t believe you guys are still there. You have to get out’,” says DeLaRosa Green, who was named Industry Power Women‘s Business Woman of the Year in 2017. “I didn’t really understand. I was like ‘What do you mean? Isn’t [the fire] still far away?” And then she told us that our friend