put the farmers on water restrictions just like wineries.
What restrictions? Growing grapes gives you a free pass on many environmental/consumption restrictions, especially in Mendo where wine money runs local politics. Just look to the recent turbine controversy for proof. The best thing ANY farmer, pot or otherwise, in Mendo can do is put a few rows of grapes on their property and call themselves a vineyard. PG&E and local government will rubber stamp Ag power rates, burn permits, run off collection and all sorts of other things.
Most people in Mendo are on their own well. Who gives a damn how much water they use, it's their water. I know a lot of growers. I don't know a single grower that diverts ditch water to feed their plants. I have heard of a few knuckleheads doing it but always in the context of, "such and such was caught diverting water from a blue line creek, he has been placed under the jail by Fish and Game officers".
This article is nonsense.