California Water Regulators Want Authority Over Marijuana

CALIFORNIA:  California water regulators want a say in how marijuana is overseen because cultivating this plant could affect water quality.

California’s State Water Quality Control Board (SWQCB) “is looking to bring cannabis cultivation under its regulatory purview in order to abate potential negative impacts to waterways and the species that depend on them,” The Siskiyou Daily recently reported.

Chris Carrigan, director of the SWQCB’s Enforcement office, detailed the board’s plan for its involvement.

“According to Carrigan, the SWQCB does not currently regulate cannabis cultivation the way it does other agricultural activities. He noted that the agency lacks authority to enforce criminal statutes, but it can rely on its regulatory role to monitor discharges that negatively impact water supply and quality,” the news report said.