LADWP delivers a buzzkill on growing marijuana

By Deb Murphy
It should come as no real surprise: folks with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power won’t be converting hay fields and grazing lands into pot farms.
Here’s the official statement: “Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) leases include a provision which states that all federal and state laws must be followed as a condition of the lease. Therefore, growing marijuana would be prohibited under the terms of the lease.”
While 26 states have legalized marijuana use for either medical or recreational use, it is still a Schedule I drug, right up there with heroin. However, the feds have not interfered with state decisions on legalization as long as certain restrictions are maintained, like no sales to minors. But it’s still, technically, against federal law.
 

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