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We all know that marijuana is “one of the safest therapeutically-active substances known to man,” at least according to DEA Judge Francis Young, but what about the pesticides used to keep those cannabis crops free of spider mites, aphids and other insects? Is it possible that pot smokers are ingesting harmful chemicals by burning residual pesticides sprayed onto plants during the growth cycle?
“These are people that are immunocompromised, they're undergoing chemotherapy, they're very sick with antibacterial loads. We can't be subjecting them to more of these types of potentially harmful contaminants when they're looking to this as a medicine source.”
In Washington State, cannabis sold at recreational pot stores can be legally treated with over 200 different pesticides. Raber said that while the use of pesticides on cannabis plants is technically illegal in California, the practice is widespread.
Two Colorado marijuana users have sued a cannabis grower claiming a "patently dangerous" agricultural fungicide that becomes poisonous when ignited was applied without their knowledge to pot plants they later smoked, court documents showed on Monday.
The fungicide is approved for certain edible agricultural crops, but not for smokable products such as tobacco, according to the complaint filed in Denver District Court.
"As such, persons who smoke cannabis that has been sprayed with Eagle 20 inhale ... poisonous hydrogen cyanide," the lawsuit said.
originally posted by: Athetos
At least they have a warning label, the zip lock baggy from the street dealer lacks all definition.
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
Perhaps pot grown inside would be less likely to be sprayed. I don't know - I imagine there are some operations that are completely indoor grow houses. Not sure at all about whether fungus and other things can be controlled by using hydroponic grow boxes or not.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: Benevolent Heretic
I'm more worried about legalization and thus opening the ability to actually speak about personal use more than the pesticides currently being used on them.
Regulations now would just drive up the prices of the legal market and people will just jump to the illegal market.
In many cases, both seller and grower are unaware that a crop has become contaminated.
Pot-smokers aren't the only ones at risk from the application of pesticides on marijuana crops. Also potentially in danger are the people spraying the chemicals -- especially if the practice takes place indoors -- and others that may eat, drink or breathe downwind.
"I think everyone thought marijuana growers were a bunch of organic growers who would never use pesticides on pot, but that's definitely not the case," said Mowgli Holmes, a molecular geneticist at Phylos Bioscience and board member of the Cannabis Safety Institute in Oregon. "A lot of this pesticide use is new and driven by commercial pressures."
When large numbers of cannabis plants are grown indoors and in close proximity, they are vulnerable to mites and powdery mildews, which can destroy a crop quickly.
An Oregonian/OregonLive investigation found that a combination of lax state rules, inconsistent lab practices and inaccurate test results has enabled pesticide-laced products to enter the medical marijuana market. Above, Eugene chemist Rodger Voelker keeps hundreds of contaminated marijuana samples in a bin in his lab. Here are our five major findings:
• Unlike Colorado and Washington, Oregon has not told marijuana producers what pesticides they can use. And the state’s testing rules don’t cover common pesticides used in marijuana cultivation, including chemicals linked to public health risks.