Illegal cannabis operations—and commercial operations authorized by the state—are being blamed for a five-fold increase in the number of water violations seen in 2022, according to the Oregon Water Resources Department. Already in 2022, regulators have issued 50 violation notices for unlawful irrigation, up from 40 in 2021 and 10 in 2018, according to the Capital Press. Legal reforms and increased state funding are designed to bolster regulation of marijuana and hemp producers. To find out more, read the article in the Capital Press.
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