Medical Marijuana Growers Draining California Dry

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on November 26, 2014 · 0 comments

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California’s medical marijuana industry is supposed to grow to five times its current size in the next four years. But draught conditions plaguing the state are squeezing the water supply, while illegal, outdoor growers may be taking more than their fair share.


At issue are the growers who are diverting public streams and rivers for outdoor grows. Outdoor marijuana plants take much more water than indoor plants, due to the fact that they grow much bigger and a larger percentage of the water evaporates before reaching the plant. That means that instead of using around a gallon of water a day like their indoor counterparts, outdoor grows can use as much as five to ten gallons each day.


Water is in such high demand that some entrepreneurial growers have left the medical marijuana business altogether to make more money supplying water to other growers. Mendocino county officials say it’s not people growing for personal use that pose the greatest threat to the water supply—instead, it’s those who come into the area specifically to grow from April to October. Fish and Game Officials say these individuals come in, divert public water and use “steroid fertilizers” to grow a large crop fast, make their money and leave. Since they aren’t invested in the area, they don’t feel responsible for the environment or what happens to the land or water in the long term.


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