TIME

Thirsty Marijuana Plants Draining Drought-Wracked California

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Jeff Chiu—AP

Marijuana crops are guzzling so much water, the state's fisheries and wildlife could be at risk

California cannabis growers may be making millions, but their thirsty plants are sucking up a priceless resource: water. Now scientists say that if no action is taken in the drought-wracked state, the consequences for fisheries and wildlife will be dire.

“If this activity continues on the trajectory it’s on, we’re looking at potentially streams going dry, streams that harbor endangered fish species like salmon, steelhead,” said Scott Bauer of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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