How Does Your Garden Grow? One Marijuana Farm Fights the Drought With a Pond
Reports across the nation blame California Cannabis farmers for using too much water during a record drought. About a month ago, Time Magazine titled an article Pot Is Making California’s Epic Drought Worse. Two weeks ago, the LA Times posted an op-ed called Pot growers endangering California watersheds and wildlife. Smaller media outlets suggest that marijuana is actually causing the drought.
One media outlet pointed out that “The University of California Cooperative Extension in Tehama County said water usage for a traditional agriculture crop is measured in gallons per day, per serving size.” And that “[t]he closest to marijuana would be a head of lettuce, which uses around 1.5 gallons of water per day to grow.” Yet, it failed to note that a lettuce plant grows one head of lettuce and a marijuana plant often grows multiple pounds of pot–or thousands of “servings.”
Nonetheless, local watersheds are drastically affected by withdrawals by cannabis farmers. And, government agencies have been serving warrants looking for illegal water diversions.
Under the circumstances, some growers are looking for ways to get water to their crops without adversely impacting the environment. In this video, a Mendocino farm waters its cannabis and its veggies with a two million gallon pond. (See here for more about that farm.)