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There is a big push going on for CALEXIT, or more simply Californian secession. The usual narrative is that this is because of disagreements with the Federal government over immigration and sanctuary cities, with Californians taking a much more liberal and lenient attitude than the rest of America toward mass illegal immigration. 

But the real reason has more to do with the state's growing obsession with smoking and cultivating marijuana since it legalized the sale of the drug last year. 

Now business is booming, so much so that the state is now producing eight times more than it can use -- around 14 to 16 million plants.

This means that inevitably much of the drug will spill across state lines to parts of America where its sale is still illegal, setting up a clash with the Federal Government and in particular the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who takes a particularly strong line against the drug.  

In the past he has said "Good people don't smoke marijuana," and described it as "only slightly less awful than heroin." In a speech last year he said, "I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store."

Just as slavery divided the nation in the 1850s so "reefer madness" could be going to divide the nation in the 2020s. This could lead to the Federal government putting additional pressure on California, as it is already doing over the issue of sanctuary cities and voter fraud, and could see a federal government crackdown on marijuana sales.

In order to keep their Cheech and Chong lifestyle, Californians may be forced to secede. 

Meanwhile, marijuana growth is creating an additional problem, a shortage of water. 

Those 16 million plants are pretty thirsty, drinking an estimated six gallons of water a day or 480 gallons per plant per season. That is 7.68 billion gallons per year, or 153 million bath tubs of water.

Marijuana production is boosting the number of people involved in agriculture and putting an unexpected strain on California's always fragile water supply, which has been compounded by low infrastructure investment by Democratic administrations, which have prioritized "people spending" (welfare, education, gibsmedats, etc.). Already this summer, several towns have had to introduce bans on swimming pools and watering lawns as a result. 

The future of California is starting to look very interesting. It's radically different nature from the rest of America could push it to become independent, after which it could very well end up becoming an arid dysfunctional narco-state. 

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