I was asked by the Organic Cannabis Association (OCA) to present at their Kaleidoscope Event, which took place last Sunday in Denver at Culture Garden Market. The topic of the presentation – titled “Process Before Products” – was Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies able to employed by anyone safely, effectively, and at little to no cost, as they rely on conscientiousness and effort, rather than specific pesticide products or materials. You can view the slides from the presentation below. I’ll update this post with photos or videos if good ones arise.
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.