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California Drought News: How pot is making California sink (and other leaps in logic)



Marijuana plants for sale at Studio City's Perennial Holistic Wellness Center.
Marijuana plants for sale at Studio City's Perennial Holistic Wellness Center.
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There's gold in them thar hills! And pot. And it all ties in together in a messy, dusty bow(l).

First, the good news:

According to [a Public Policy Institute of California] poll, two of three adults consider water supply a big problem or somewhat of a problem. One in four wasn't worried. But just about everyone — 92 percent — said they are trying to conserve. (AP via Sacramento Bee)

The bad:

The cool:

The ... what?

The drought has exposed old roads, bridges, railway lines and junked cars that are usually submerged in lakes and reservoirs. At the Folsom Lake reservoir, the water's retreat revealed the remnants of a Gold Rush mining town called Mormon Island, which was flooded when the dam was built in the 1950s. (AP via Times Herald)

All right, enough news. Go play outside.