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Oregon’s laws regarding cannabis testing for pesticides and insecticides are a double-edged sword. Just like many things in life, there is a trade-off to progress.
BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 22, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Steep Hill Labs, Inc., the global industry leader in cannabis testing and analytics, today released a study, entitled “Study of Pesticides in Cannabis Plant Clones” (see http://landing.steephill.com/cleanclones for the full white paper) which shows that – whether through direct use or via cross-contamination – the presence of pesticides in the California cannabis supply is endemic and can be sourced to the persistent presence of pesticides in clones.
Toxic chemicals from illegal marijuana farms hidden deep in California’s forests are showing up in rivers and streams that feed the state’s water supply, prompting fears that humans and animals may be at risk, data reviewed by Reuters show.
Oregon cannabis pesticide testing has undergone a rollercoaster of changes in response to the market, stakeholders and regulators, but permanent pesticide rules are now finally in place.
PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Beginning today, August 30, 2017, every batch of usable marijuana (flower and leaves) must be tested directly for pesticides according to the Oregon Health Authority’s testing rules in order to be compliant. This includes untested product that was collected for sampling prior to August 30.
It seems as though news of recalls related to specific batches of bad marijuana from licensed Canadian producers has been coming in more frequently than marijuana investors and consumers would like to see.
There’s a harsh downside to the boom in marijuana legalization and use on the West Coast: Illegal marijuana growers are polluting the environment to an alarming degree and threatening the health of people and rare wildlife in the process.
An Illinois hemp bill in the General Assembly that would allow hemp to be grown legally in the state could mark a major shift for medical marijuana growers if approved.
The laid-back days when marijuana growers could spray crops with chemicals without fear of consequences are just about over as California prepares to deploy a strict new testing regimen, but the proposed regulations have sparked debate over claims they’ll force many pot merchants out of business.
Most people think about Colorado when marijuana is mentioned, but Oregon is one of the biggest cannabis-friendly hotspots to watch for emerging marijuana trends in 2017. This is particularly the case with the state’s largest city, Portland.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed a bill that paves the way for the state to create what is believed to be the first system in the United States to certify marijuana as organic.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has positioned itself to benefit from the rising support for marijuana without directly cultivating the plant itself, so as to avoid any legal repercussions.
On May 10, 2017, California Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, announced that California Gov. Jerry Brown will allot $1.5 million from California’s state budget to cover an Emerald Triangle cannabis cleanup of illegal grow sites in Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino Counties.
EUREKA, Calif., May 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — On May 31 the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation will offer pesticide use compliance training for the commercial cannabis cultivation industry.
Canada’s licensed producers will have to expand their testing checklists. On May 5, 2017, Health Canada announced that mandatory cannabis testing now includes testing for unauthorized pesticides.
OTTAWA, Ontario, May 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Today, Health Canada is announcing that it will require all licensed producers to conduct mandatory testing of all cannabis products destined for sale for the presence of unauthorized pesticides.
Canada’s biggest licensed marijuana producer, Canopy Growth, plans to subject its products to enhanced testing for pesticides and other contaminants, as the industry seeks to restore consumer confidence amid a tainted cannabis scare.
W. CONSHOHOCKEN,Penn., April 25, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — ASTM International, one of the world’s leading standards organizations, announced today that its board of directors has approved the formation of a committee on cannabis (D37). The organization also announced that the committee will hold its first official meeting June 11-12 in Toronto.
On March 18, 2017, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that it had issued a recall on nine pounds of marijuana flower produced by Emerald Wave Estate and sold by Buds 4 U in Mapleton due to the presence of unsafe levels of pesticide residue.
PORTLAND, Ore., March 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is issuing an immediate health and safety advisory due to the identification of potentially unsafe pesticide residue on retail plant material produced from marijuana cultivated by Emerald Wave Estate, LLC.
DENVER, March 13, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with Grow Depot, a Northglenn, Colo. hydroponics and organics supply store, resolving alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
The leader of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department says he expects federal drug agents will attempt to step up marijuana enforcement as California moves forward with legalization. But Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said he believes there isn’t the manpower to conduct widespread raids on growers and businesses selling marijuana.
In mid-February, researchers at Colorado State University and the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, published “Work and Well-Being in the Colorado Cannabis Industry.”
One of the biggest challenges faced by cultivators is controlling and mitigating crop damaging pests and microbial contamination.
Canopy Growth’s recently acquired Mettrum Ltd. stated that it wrote off $800,000 of costs owing to a series of recalls over the use of a banned pesticides. The staff at Mettrum feared detection from authorities, so they hid the pesticides in the office’s ceiling tiles.
On Feb. 17, 2017, members of Washington’s state agencies toured the Department of Agriculture’s cannabis pesticide testing lab in Yakima.
With legalization making gains across North America, a collective of marijuana farmers from California’s legendary Humboldt County hope that their brand of cannabis strains will set the bar high for the industry’s ecological standards.
On Feb. 7, 2017, Health Canada announced that it is going to start random testing of medical marijuana produced by all of the country’s licensed producers in an attempt to ensure patients aren’t being exposed to contaminated products.
OTTAWA, Ontario, Feb. 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Recently, two licensed producers of cannabis for medical purposes undertook voluntary recalls of cannabis products that contained low levels of prohibited pest control products (myclobutanil/bifenazate/pyrethrins).
With the spread of legalization across America, jurisdictions with legal marijuana are learning the importance of cultivating marijuana with safe agricultural practices.
A reporter at a San Francisco-area television station sent six samples of medical marijuana to a laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., for testing, and the results have raised some red flags, according to the KPIX website. “Only one of those six had no detectable pesticides,” Dr. Donald Land, a researcher at Steep Hill Lab, said.
On Jan. 19, 2017, Green Man Cannabis in Denver voluntarily recalled marijuana flower and products due to samples containing off-label pesticide residues.
Further details of recall revealed that there has been a detection of an unwanted pesticide, which is not registered for use on marijuana, under the Pest Control Products Act.
An Oregon laboratory discovered a pesticide in two strains of marijuana sold in a dispensary, causing the state to issue its first health alert for tainted marijuana. Between Oct. 15 and Oct. 17, about 130 customers of the medical marijuana dispensary New Leaf bought the tainted marijuana, which was tainted with spinosad.
DENVER, Oct. 19, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order (D 2015-015), the Colorado Department of Revenue (“DOR”), in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Agriculture (“CDA”) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (“CDPHE”), are issuing an immediate health and safety advisory due to the identification of potentially unsafe pesticide residues on medical marijuana plant material and marijuana products.
More than two years after Washington state launched legal marijuana sales, it’s planning to test pot for banned pesticides more regularly. The state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board said Thursday it’s paying the state Department of Agriculture more than $1 million to buy new equipment and hire two full-time workers to conduct the tests.
OLYMPIA, Wash., Sept. 15, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) today announced that they have an agreement in place that will allow the two agencies to work together cooperatively to test for illegal pesticides on marijuana.
On Aug. 18, 2016, the state of Pennsylvania released draft rules regarding the regulation of its medical marijuana system. According to Philly.com, the 90-page set of rules will define how marijuana is cultivated, tracked and protected in the state of Pennsylvania.
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As business owners, managing risk is something we are all aware of, but it’s often pushed to the side, especially with new businesses, in the battle for cash flow and stability. We tell ourselves that we will work on risk once we are making money.
With cannabis poised to be America’s largest cash crop, cannabis cultivators can protect their investment by replacing questionable pesticides with non-toxic and natural pesticides.
Why do cultivators of state-legal cannabis test their product? The question may sound naïve but, as we’ll see, it is worth asking.
On March 17, 2016, the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division issued a public health and safety advisory regarding potentially unsafe pesticide residues on retail cannabis plant material and products produced from cannabis cultivated by MGI Inc., dba Kindman.
HONOLULU — Industry experts say there are a lot of chemicals that could contaminate Hawaii’s medical marijuana.
On March 16, 2016, Comprehensive Cannabis Consulting, a cannabis consultancy and author of Cannabis Benchmarks, announced that it predicts there will be a cannabis shortage in Colorado and Oregon due to noncompliant cannabis being removed from circulation.
DENVER, Feb. 24, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — As pesticide legislation works its way through the Colorado General Assembly, the Cannabis Business Alliance (CBA) calls for sensible regulation of pesticides.
SEATTLE (AP) — While Denver has recalled 19 pot products in as many weeks over pesticide issues, no such recalls have affected Washington state in the 18 months that pot sales have been legal.
On Dec. 30, 2015, the city of Denver announced that Mountain High Suckers, a Denver-based manufacturer of marijuana-infused products, voluntarily recalled almost 100,000 units after product samples tested positive for potentially unsafe levels of pesticide residues.
If you want to know where the industry is headed, remember the top five regulatory moments of 2015.