In reference to a new report from NPR, issues are bubbling over the use of unregulated pesticides by commercial marijuana cultivators.
“It’s the federal government that tells farmers which pesticides are safe to use,” NPR documented. “And so far, the feds wants nothing to do with legalized marijuana. Colorado State University entomologist Whitney Cranshaw says that’s left growers to experiment with little oversight.”
And with certain grow setups worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, the majority of cannabis growers are going with the option of defending their harvest from harmful insects over worrying about the possible effects of the compounds within the pesticides and mildew treatments.
“In the absence of any direction the subject of pesticide use on the crop has just devolved to just whatever people think is working or they think is appropriate,” Cranshaw told NPR.
“Other agricultural industries already have a policy in place for the safe use of spraying certain pesticides and fungicides,” Brett Eaton, a plant expert with the American Cannabis Company company, continued. “This being a new industry, it hasn’t been addressed yet.”