NM medical marijuana growers use too much water, agencies fear

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Medical marijuana growers in New Mexico might be straining some local water supplies.

The Peña Blanca Water and Sanitation District and Sile Mutual Domestic Water and Sewer Association wrote to state agencies and legislators saying they are concerned that medical marijuana growers are using a disproportionate amount of scarce water resources.

The agencies are asking that all producers applying for a medical cannabis license provide a valid water right for commercial agriculture with the Office of the State Engineer.

Nationwide, some marijuana companies are trying to minimize water usage as part of efforts to minimize their ecological footprints.

– Associated Press