Quick hit: Pesticides and Cannabis

Some recent highlights and curiosities from the amazing world of cannabis science and therapeutics.
By & Adrian Devitt-Lee On February 11, 2019
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A new article from the California Department of Pesticide Regulations (CDPR) warns of the dangers of cannabis because it may be contaminated with organophosphate pesticides (e.g. chlorpyrifos, glyphosate). The CDPR walks through what could happen if a pregnant woman uses chlorpyrifos-contaminated cannabis. Pesticide toxicity is important concern, but this is a bit ironic coming from the CDPR, which has consistently failed to provide sensible limits for pesticides on cannabis.

For years there has been a federal halt on the approval of neonicotinoids for new uses because of their devastating environmental impact on pollinators like bees (see here). Yet the CDPR allows two such neonicotinoids - acetamiprid and imidacloprid - to be used on cannabis. (The Xerces Society has detailed major issues with imidacloprid regulations in California.) Project CBD has repeatedly submitted comments to California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control in regard to these facts, but to no avail.

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Adrian Devitt-Lee, a Project CBD contributing writer, is a graduate from Tufts University with a degree in mathematics and chemistry.