In furtherance of providing you more water-related resources and information, here’s the first two paragraphs of a blog post from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Water Law Review blog:
Colorado Court Makes First Attempt to Untangle Marijuana and Water Law
By Brian Hinkle (5/3/2017)
Earlier this year, Colorado got its first taste of how the state sees marijuana cultivation within the framework of its water law regime.
In an order which may have far-reaching effects beyond Colorado’s flourishing cannabis industry, Division 5 Water Referee Susan Ryan held that it is proper to issue a new water right to a marijuana cultivator. Ryan issued this industry-favorable order despite the continuing prohibition of cannabis by the federal government. As the cannabis industry continues growing, states will be forced to confront an increasing number of conflicts between their internal water allocation and the supremacy of federal law.
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