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Blame pot, not almonds, for Calif. water woes

It's pot, not almonds, that is sucking California dry.

The Baltimore Sun editorial staff members have a certain left-leaning character that can be relied on at all times, never failing to stake their turf well. The Saturday editorial "Almond killjoy" (April 11) might be considered to be an exception to this rule, in their light-hearted attempt to bemoan strict adherence to environmental concerns facing the delicious almond. Almonds continue to be farmed in California, yet this crop is a big consumer of precious water during a time of dire drought. But the larger story the editors should have run with is the much more serious use of water by large scale marijuana farms in the same state.

The scientific journal PLOSone recently published an article showing the impact of marijuana farming to be a potential death blow to the California watershed, as reported in USA Today: "Smoked dry: Massive marijuana cultivation has 'lethal' impact on California water supply — study"(March 29, 2015). As compared to almonds, marijuana is not a staple food product nor has it yet been shown to be medically essential for any condition that afflicts man. Why then would The Baltimore Sun not focus on the environmental harms of farming such a product? Because news of marijuana's environmental impact might upset their progressive worldview and give strength to the conservative political backlash currently underway in this country. Please editors, prove me wrong by running a series on the environmental impact of marijuana farming.

Christine Miller, Baltimore

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