Otoké uses this space to talk to important issues in the industry and how we think it affects the industry.
This week we write on the state of affairs in pesticides for Cannabis cultivation.
Chicken: No pesticide products are labeled for use in Cannabis cultivation.
Egg: We can't test them to get them labeled.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture was directed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to produce a list of products that are banned from use in Cannabis cultivation in Colorado. Because no one has been allowed to test modern control products on Cannabis or Hemp, there are no products the EPA rules will allow for use in Cannabis cultivation: a side effect of prohibition that has serious implications for producers and tax collectors.
There are some low toxicity, low effectiveness products that are the primary contents of the current draft CDA list, but it is a very short list that any mainstream grower would roll their eyes at as being weak. OPr view is that the lack of labeling is a direct result of massivley destructive social and political policies that Coloradoan’s have tossed into the trashbin of history. Our work now is to toss the rest of the artifacts from those policies in the bin as well.
The EPA is concerned about human safety. Their focus is on the ingredients used in pesticide products and theyhave extensive scientific testing data on them all so we already know which ones would be suitable for use in indoor, greenhouse or field use. That’s the list the Cannabis industry needs… the list of control ingredients that can be safely used in the context of a Cannabis production operation. The CDA won't like this because they have to play by the rules so as not to get sideways with the EPA., but this is about changing the rules and they happen to be the ones on the front line at the moment.
Anyone can see that Cannabis is rejoining mainstream horticulture and what we need from the Governor’s office is direction to the CDA to engage with the industry, the EPA and control product manufacturers to identify a path to bringing Cannabis under the broader tent of Colorado and US agriculture. This is a revolution after all. When an unjust law falls, others follow and the mess needs to be cleaned up.
Use of chemicals and pesticides is serious business for producers and proper use begins with education. Learning about pesticides, their application, laws and rules, resistance management, exposure control and REI, applicators licenses and more is the best way for growers/operators to understand the dynamite they are handling. State pesticide regulators in all states have a wealth of information online just for the clicking!
Kurt and Kerrie at Otoké Horticulture
Authors of Cannabis for Capitalists
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