If cannabis dies, how expensive could the claim get?

If a hydroponics system fails and it’s tomatoes or peppers that are spoiled, that’s one thing. But what happens if it’s a legal cannabis facility?

“The impact of cannabis on the [property and casualty] industry remains to be seen. We haven’t had too many claims yet but we probably will and they will probably be quite severe,” Dana McMillan, a claims adjuster with The Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company of Canada, said during the recent Annual Engineering Insurance Conference.

“If little things go wrong it has a huge impact in a hydroponics environment,” said Mike Storey, director of underwriting at BII, a subsidiary of Munich Re’s Hartford Steam Boiler unit.

During the AEIC presentation – Underwriting Legal Cannabis Production – speakers from BII gave examples of claims not involving cannabis but arising from equipment failures at plant-growing facilities. The point was to illustrate the impact an equipment breakdown at a hydroponics operation can have on a business.

Read the full article at Canadian Underwriter (Greg Meckbach)


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