You may have recently seen reports about potentially harmful pesticides being used on recreational marijuana in Colorado. According to the reports, many commercial growers are using chemicals to control bugs and mold, a process that – from a business standpoint – makes perfect sense. The marijuana industry has almost limitless growth potential, but growing or selling marijuana continues to carry substantial added obstacles and risks for business owners. As much as we all love weed, these individuals must reach a certain revenue if they wish to stay in business. Damaged crops can’t be sold, and many growers have gone under as the result of bugs or mildew that got out of control and destroyed their operation.
So if the pesticides and chemicals growers are using could present health risks, why isn’t pesticide use in marijuana growing more closely regulated? And where can you, the discerning shopper, buy organic, pesticide-free marijuana? (Hint: it rhymes with “Klaring Klind”)
Why Isn’t Pesticide Use On Marijuana Better Regulated?
While marijuana is rapidly gaining support and states are decriminalizing the plant, it remains illegal at the national level. As such, the federal government is keeping its distance. It can’t put a legal, regulatory system in place because it doesn’t recognize marijuana as a legal product to be regulated. This leaves state and local governments to try and regulate pesticide use independently, leading to a potentially dangerous lack of consistency in the chemicals used in marijuana growing.
In Colorado, regulations have been put in place, but issues still remain. Some chemicals approved for use have been studied for food consumption, but not necessarily for their effects upon inhalation. Others may be harmful but have not been specifically reviewed because the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) simply can’t keep up with the rate of new pesticides and chemicals available in the state. In good news, only chemicals added to the “Marijuana Pesticides List” can legally be used during marijuana growing. Unfortunately, regulating the tolerance – or pesticide limit – of chemicals growers apply remains legally tenuous.
Since the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not consider marijuana to be a food crop, neither they nor the CDA has the authority to establish or enforce food tolerances. Essentially, the CDA can tell growers they need to use pesticides in a manner that is consistent with the labeling, but little else. And since marijuana isn’t clearly classified as any particular crop group, growers have an incredible amount of self-direction in their chemical use – which may not be a good thing for consumers. You may be able to identify pesticide use on your marijuana if it turns black and sort of pops while smoking.
But there are growers who provide organic, pesticide-free marijuana for recreational use. And we found them.
Organic, Pesticide-Free Bud at Karing Kind in Boulder
At Karing Kind, we take the quality and purity of our bud, edibles and topicals seriously. We use organic growers that don’t apply harmful chemicals or pesticides, which means you know that you’re smoking that good good instead of a spritzing of Bug-B-Gone.
And we take the same meticulous approach to our concentrates, even developing our own CO2 vape pen and CO2 oil extracts for a clean hit free from the chemicals found in many other commercial vape pens.
We value our customers and the quality of the product we provide. You should know that you are receiving a safe product. So, while the government decides how to regulate pesticide use in marijuana production, we continue to bring you clean, safe and organic strains and concentrates that you can trust.
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CO Dept of Agriculture – Pesticide Use in Marijuana Production
NPR – Concern Grows Over Unregulated Pesticide Use Among Marijuana Growers
CDA – Criteria for Pesticides Used in the Production of Marijuana in Colorado
Vice News – Legally Grown Pot Still Has A Toxic Pesticide Problem