Some of Washington’s recently licensed marijuana grow operations have already begun to put the first wave of the state’s legal weed into the ground. However, these newfound cultivation centers are nervous about not having a sufficient enough water supply to bring their crops to fruition. That is because the federal government has not yet decided whether granting pot farmers access to Uncle Sam’s water would be a violation of the Controlled Substance Act.
As it stands, the majority of Washington’s irrigated land is controlled by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, who is expected to make a decision as early as this week on if they will permit the state’s recreational marijuana trade to capitalize from federal water sources.
There are some that believe this situation will be another gap that is overlooked by the Obama Administration as long as strict regulations are upheld, while others are positive the feds will rule the water off limits for growing marijuana. “I’m almost certain that’s what they’re going to tell us,” Scott Revell, with the Roza Irrigation District, recently told The News Tribune.
State officials say most grow operations will be small enough to benefit from personal wells and city water supplies, but the larger cultivation centers will likely need access to federal water. However, some farmers believe that regardless of the bureau’s decision, the state will locate water sources for grow operations because marijuana is too valuable to be held back by the government.
“This is an annoyance and a nuisance, but I can assure you -- I can assure you -- they will find water for this,” said Alan Schreiber, a farmer currently waiting on a license to start a marijuana grow op. “Water, relatively speaking, is not that expensive. You can get it from a well. You can find somebody. There’s wells everywhere around here.”
So far, the majority of Capitol Hill does not appear at all interested in offering their opinion on the issue. But the lawmakers that are getting involved are speaking out in favor of passing a law would force the government to respect the wishes of state voters… therefore granting Washington pot farmers access to water from the Columbia and Yakima rivers.
In the meantime, marijuana advocates are hoping for support from the Obama Administration as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation prepares to deliver its ruling sometime in early May.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.