FOR THE RECORD: This editorial misstated the state’s number of licensed nonprofit medical cannabis producers and the number of cannabis plants grown in New Mexico. There are 34 licensed nonprofit medical cannabis producers and a maximum of 39,500 cannabis plants in the state at any one time, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
As the old saying goes, whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. A 21st century update of that Western adage might be cannabis is for consumption, while water is for fighting.
Representatives of two rural water systems in Sandoval County told Journal reporter Theresa Davis for a Jan. 5 story that cannabis growers may be depleting local water supplies, and they can’t stop it, even as more medical pot plants are sprouting up in New Mexico than ever before.
Representatives from the Peña Blanca Water and Sanitation District and the Sile Mutual Domestic Water and Sewer Association say N.M.’s patchwork of medical cannabis regulations has not kept up with the increased strain on rural water supplies, and that improper water use by cannabis growers may be exacerbating the problem.