California readies landmark water rules for cannabis cultivators
By Bart Schaneman
California is preparing landmark water regulations for the state’s marijuana growers to safeguard the environment and encourage conservation.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is drafting the water-use rules, which are expected to increase growers’ paperwork and costs in areas such as water storage.
Nevertheless, industry officials welcome the move, which is expected to require up to 50,000 growers to get permits to use irrigation water.
The regulations represent one of the first times a state has attempted to oversee water used for legal marijuana cultivation, which is expected to grow in California in