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Pot farms could be worsening drought conditions in Northern California

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Marijuana plants for sale at Studio City's Perennial Holistic Wellness Center. Bear Guerra/KPCC

For the first time in 15 years, the entire state of California is under some level of drought. According to the latest data from the National Climatic Data Center, more than 76 percent of the state is experiencing extreme drought.

Current conditions are exacerbating the situation in Northern California where the booming demand for marijuana is sucking watersheds dry. 

For more on this we turn to Scott Bauer, an environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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