California is the fruit and nut basket of the world, with almonds, wine from grapes, stone fruits and citrus grown here available in China, Maine and many points in between. The state is also the country's marijuana garden, with more cannabis grown here than any other state, according to law enforcement estimates (us and Mexico, here to be blamed for your problems).
This used to be a weed farm
That's a lot of crops to grow in an extreme drought, like the one that's dried up most of the state. Yet it's marijuana, not wine grapes or almonds, that's being blamed for exacerbating the dry spell -- and it's marijuana that could drink up every last drop.
Recent stories in Mother Jones and the Santa Rosa Press Democrat claim that the state's outdoor cannabis industry could literally "suck California dry," killing off the state's famous salmon and causing other untold environmental destruction.More »