Feds: No Irrigation Water to Grow Pot (What About Fracking?)
Insofar as I live in Colorado, which just legalized marijuana, this article jumped out at me this morning: No Irrigation Water for Marijuana Crops, Feds Rule.
Delivering a blow to pot growers in Washington state and Colorado, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said Tuesday that it won’t allow any federally controlled water to be used on marijuana crops because Congress has banned the drug.
“As a federal agency, Reclamation is obligated to adhere to federal law in the conduct of its responsibilities to the American people,” said Dan DuBray, the agency’s chief of public affairs.
The ruling makes clear that the Obama administration is willing to set limits on the states’ legalization experiments, even though the Justice Department said in August that it wouldn’t block their plans to tax and sell the drug.
Now I’m waiting for the feds to make it clear to oil and gas companies they can’t use irrigation water for fracking. I know. Funny, huh?