Recent Publications in Cannabis Business Times

The second issue of Cannabis Business Times is set to reach mailboxes soon, but you can read the magazine online for free right now.

In this issue, the regularly occurring column, Growing Pains, authored by myself and my colleague, Nic Easley, is actually part one of a two-part column that offers guidance on necessary considerations when expanding cultivation operations.  We also feel that it could be helpful for those with small-scale growing experience who are looking to get into commercial cannabis production.

Additionally, our advice was featured in “46 Tips for Better Cultivation,” alongside some other very astute pointers from experienced commercial cultivators.

As I noted previously, I would definitely recommend getting a free subscription to Cannabis Business Times. They are proving to be a highly informative and professional publication that is a great reflection of the legal cannabis industry. It’s an honor to be featured in their pages. Thanks to editor Noelle Skodzinski for her great work, both on the magazine and in generating her own important reporting on the industry.

Pesticide Position Paper

I composed this position statement regarding pesticide use in cannabis production. It is a viewpoint fashioned through objective consideration of existing law, in addition to the tragic lack of research that has been performed on cannabis. Thanks to Cannabis Industry Journal for publishing this paper originally.

I would like to add a note about tolerance levels. In a statement responding to a recent recall, Organa Labs brought up the issue of tolerance levels, which is the amount of measurable residue considered acceptable on a crop. These tolerance levels are established only after years of research trials, in which crops are grown under various conditions, pesticides are applied in various ways, and the crops are then tested after harvest (after which they are destroyed). As there has been no such research done on cannabis, no tolerance levels have been established. It is my belief that, until research has been done, we should be safe rather than sorry, and not allow any detectable residues on cannabis products, particularly those that are smoked. Any tolerance level established now, however cautious, is simply guesswork. And, as stated below, the chemical pesticides being found in recalled products are not necessary to successfully cultivate pest-free cannabis. Though it will take years, we need to wait for the research to come; but until then, let’s grow cleanly and safely, and make ourselves and the things we produce better in the process.

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The Blind Spot in Denver’s Pesticide Recalls [Updated]

On Friday, Denver’s 19th recall of cannabis, extracts, or cannabis-infused products occurred. The Denver Post – which has done a valuable public service with its very informative reporting on the matter – is maintaining a running list of all the recalls.

An individual perusing the above list might notice that the recalls consist primarily of cannabis extractions and infused products. In fact, only 4 of the 19 recalls have included actual cannabis plant material – or the flowers that people typically smoke – in its raw, unprocessed form. Regarding the 15 recalls that consist of edibles, concentrates, and other infused products, the Denver Department of Environmental Health’s (DEH) notices will generally consist of language to the effect of, “[Marijuana Infused Product Manufacturer] is recalling marijuana-infused products that were derived from potentially contaminated plant material purchased from [Cultivation Facility].”

This is all well and good, and many have expressed the sentiment that the recalls mean that Colorado’s regulated system is working as it should by identifying quality control issues and removing contaminated products from circulation. This is true, but only to an extent. The whole truth is that Denver’s pesticide recalls have a very big blind spot.

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