If cannabis is as sensitive to contamination as recently indicated by the apparent incompatibility with avocado cultural practices, water may become an issue. It has been mentioned that the area around Carpinteria may start to utilize recycled water. The base material for recycled water is sewage—essentially whatever goes down the drain. Thus, many pharmaceuticals, personal care products, endocrine disrupters, flame retardants and other xenobiotics are found in this base water. Depending on how that base water is processed, its cost will see varying levels of residual xenobiotics in the finished recycled water. Plants can bioaccumulate xenobiotics. Metabolism of foreign chemicals (xenobiotics) by plants generally proceeds in phases. These include transformation, conjugation and compartmentation. Compartmentalization into the bud would seem problematic. The plants, to deal with xenobiotics, use enzymes having similarities to those of xenobiotic metabolism in the mammalian liver. To use this water may force cannabis production to either use extra-precautionary water processing or risk inadvertent contamination, which may be confused for contamination stemming from adjacent non-cannabis crops.
Because crop incompatibilities are something that has long plagued agriculture, the situation should have been flagged. Unfortunately, it was not. This then allows for attorneys to begin plowing the now fertile legal fields of Carpinteria for its new crops—lawsuits.