Marijuana cultivation in California is sucking streams dry, says new report

The drought-stricken state is facing further water shortages due to unregulated marijuana farms
27 March 2015
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With its dense forests, foggy climate and rugged coastline, California’s Humboldt County has long been synonymous with its biggest cash crop: marijuana. Cannabis has thrived here — both before and since the state legalized it for medical purposes in 1996.

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The industry has been booming in the last few years, and with little regulation it has had a huge impact on the environment. A report, published by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, quantifies some of that impact for the first time. (See also: Is pot causing the California drought?)

Saturday, March 28, 2015
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