When growing marijuana isn’t green

4/22/16–Marijuana, which consumes up to about 23 liters of water per plant per day, is a particularly thirsty plant. Law enforcement and researchers say that growers, licit or otherwise, routinely flout water laws, diverting and damming streams and rivers and sapping formerly replete local watersheds. According to Kathryn Phillips, the director of the Sierra Club’s California chapter, the negative effects of marijuana cultivation was once “a dirty little secret of that industry,” but lawmakers, regulators, and some parts of the industry are now finally starting to address them. Read