Cannabis Safety Institute Publishes Important White Paper, “Pesticide Use on Cannabis”

Last month, the Cannabis Safety Institute published an important paper, “Pesticide Use on Cannabis.” I encourage everyone interested in the issue to read the full text, which includes sensible recommendations for regulating pesticide use in cannabis cultivation and processing, as well as for lab testing and effectively enforcing said regulations.

The paper was authored by Dr. Rodger Voelker and Dr. Mowgli Holmes and provides one of the first truly scientific approaches to analyzing the cannabis industry’s pesticide problem using actual data gathered within Oregon’s legal cannabis system. Dr. Voelker is the Lab Director at OG Analytical, an independent testing lab serving the cannabis industry in Oregon, and has been refreshingly outspoken regarding the need for proper standards in cannabis cultivation, processing, and testing, the entirety of which is performed by for-profit laboratories that are not subject to any universal standards.

The final takeaway from this paper: “It is the opinion of the Cannabis Safety Institute that for the time being states should adopt policies restricting pesticide use on Cannabis to those products that are listed as minimal risk under FIFRA Section 25(b); have broad and non-exclusive language on their labels; and, in addition, are considered acceptable for use in organic practice.”

Visit the Cannabis Safety Institute’s site, linked above, to read additional White Papers and links to other studies regarding cannabis and consumer safety.

Denver Dispensary Cited for Illegal Pesticide Use Still Lists Illegal Pesticides on Product Label

Those of you who read my previous essay, “Pesticide Use in Colorado’s Cannabis Industry: Assessment and Ramifications,” should be familiar with the dispensary Natural Remedies, located in downtown Denver. The grow operation associated with Natural Remedies, ironically named Organic Greens, was one of eleven cited this past spring for illegal pesticide use. The owner of the company, Andrew Boyens, even went so far as to challenge in a court of law the city’s right to enforce long-established pesticide regulations. Even though chemical pesticides were admittedly used, Boyens and his attorney asserted that the cannabis produced in the Organic Greens facility was safe, according to reports from 9NEWS of Denver. While certain pesticides may in fact be safe to use on cannabis, no research on the subject has been performed; thus it simply cannot be stated with certainty what is safe and what is not. You can read more about the details of the case here and here.

Yesterday, a friend patronized Natural Remedies; against my advice, I should add. However, this gave me the opportunity to peruse the label attached to the 1.75 grams of cannabis flower that was purchased.

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