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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Pesticide Use in Colorado’s Cannabis Industry: Assessment and Ramifications

In my initial essay on this site, I raised the issue of pesticide use in cannabis cultivation. This post explains more fully the conundrum created by the lack of research on cannabis and hemp as legal, commercial crops, which puts these plants in a somewhat unique situation relative to federal pesticide regulation protocols overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency. I summarize the current regulations governing pesticide use in Colorado’s cannabis industry, as well as the short history of pesticide enforcement in the state. Finally, I consider the multifaceted ramifications of the approach to pesticide use by cannabis growing operations in Colorado, which threaten public health, while also providing biotech and chemical-producing giants such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, and others an easy avenue into this young field when they so choose.

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