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Fight over water for weed, party over hemp and more




And not a drop to drink

Because it's the West, water's the word, and you'll never guess what needs water to grow. That's right, boys and girls: bureaucracy. But it turns out that cannabis needs it, too, so the various governments are doing what they normally do, which is considering if and how to use it as a lever.

Of course, they don't word it exactly like that, so here's how the Huffington Post put it Monday:

"The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees management of federal water resources, 'is evaluating how the Controlled Substances Act applies in the context of Reclamation project water being used to facilitate marijuana-related activities,' said Peter Soeth, a spokesman for the bureau. He said the evaluation was begun 'at the request of various water districts in the West.'"

It's probably not a problem that Colorado Springs growers need to sweat, but in Pueblo 20 percent of regional water is controlled by the bureau. In fact, as KOAA-TV reported, the owner of Marisol Therapeutics told Pueblo County commissioners on May 12 that his water vendor was about to stop supplying his grow.

Hemp, hops and happiness

Hemp is about to get the party that Colorado's new growers think it deserves: The Hemp Seed Revival Festival is coming June 7 to the nerdily named Avogadro's Number (605 S. Mason St., in Fort Collins.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., goers will celebrate the other side of Amendment 64 with live music, expert panels, vendors hawking related wares, a screening of Hempsters: Plant the Seed, hemp beer from Windsor's High Hops Brewery and more.

The Denver Post noted in a May 1 story that over 1,000 acres of Colorado soil could go to hemp production this year, though farmers are still working the bugs out of a production cycle that, naturally, is still federally illegal. "We got the seed, and we don't have a ton of weather concerns," the paper quoted Weld County farmer Jamie Lyn Tanner as saying. "But when it comes down to how we're going to harvest and process, that's our leap of faith right now."

To leap along with them at HSRF, your ticket is $10.

Budgetary hit

Two California congressmen — Dana Rohrabacher and Sam Farr — will in the coming weeks introduce an amendment to the 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations measure that would prevent the U.S. Department of Justice from using any of its funding to prosecute legal medical marijuana users in states where the practice is legal. This has been attempted, and failed, in the past.

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