Market Date: 8 July, 2020

Group calls for pesticide free cannabis

A U.S. team is calling on Congress to do it on which it says is prohibited pesticide usage in cannabis production.

Cannabis in its different forms is a fairly rugged plant, but just like most of plants has its own share of predators. By way of instance, insect pests of berry include aphids, crickets, slugs and snails (well, the latter two are really molluscs). To help control the insects, pesticides might be used.

Washington-headquartered Beyond Pesticides is worried about the use of these compounds on cannabis generally.

“Because marijuana is not a legal agricultural crop under relevant federal law (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act) and hemp has only recently been legalized, EPA has not evaluated the safety of any pesticide on marijuana plants,” states the group.

While marijuana might not be legal in a Government level, it’s in certain countries and those countries might have their particular and differing  laws concerning using pesticides.

Pesticide usage on medicinal cannabis plants is a point of big concern for the category, since it says that this introduces toxic compounds into a medication. The team asserts medical cannabis can interfere with the body’s capacity to detoxify these compounds.

That is not a new dilemma – back 2016 we said 84.3percent of cannabis samples submitted to a laboratory in California tested positive for pesticide residues. Of specific concern has been Myclobutanil, a fungicide that extends to hydrogen cyanide when heated over 205 C.

Beyond Pesticides is calling for oversight hearings to record what it states are state offenses of Federal pesticide regulation by enabling use in cannabis processing and production, despite not being registered for this use by EPA. It needs to observe countries set regulations or laws which support a natural way of cannabis production.

In relation to hemp, some pesticides might find the nod in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from the foreseeable future.

The National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC) and American Farm Bureau Federation recently lodged a submission with the EPA with respect to adding hemp into the tagging of 10 currently registered pesticide products.

“The letter calls for EPA to approve these and additional applications in order to expand the range of approved pesticides and provide our members with lawful options for pest control,” states the NIHC.

The correspondence can be seen here.