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Gov. John Hickenlooper this week signed a bill that allows Colorado farmers to grow hemp using water stored in reservoirs operated by the federal government. The law was necessary even though farmers hold rights to the water. That’s because the federal government still considers hemp a controlled substance since it is in the same plant family as marijuana.

California’s drought hangover keeps worsening as new environmental and governmental problems reveal themselves.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court has upheld a ruling that affirms 19th-century treaties guaranteeing fishing access to American Indian tribes in Washington state.

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