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Pesticides in Commercial Cannabis

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An article published in the International Journal of Drug Policy described the issues and complexities of Colorado’s attempt to regulate the use of pesticides on commercial cannabis plantations.

 

Two key issues were identified.

 

One, a public safety threat has developed from the application of pesticides on cannabis with intensified toxicity in concentrated products.

 

Two, Colorado faced a knowledge gap from the lack of an existing regulatory template and little research, necessitating state regulators to tap industry and other stakeholder expertise while attempting to ensure public safety goals.

 

Health and substance abuse specialists should inform adults and youth of the risks associated with pesticides, mold and other potentially dangerous contaminants found in marijuana.

 

The bottom line is that marijuana is being sold for medical and recreational uses without consumer controls to ensure purity and safety like those established for medicine and food.

 

Read the article’s conclusions: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0955395917300324

 

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