Colorado pesticide protection battle

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English: A sign warning about pesticide exposure.
English: A sign warning about pesticide exposure. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As Colorado gets used to being a weed friendly state there are many logistics that still need to be worked out. One of these is protecting smokers from harmful pesticides that can be used during the grow.

According to the Denver Post, the Colorado Department of Agriculture stopped regulations like this from being enacted in the past after receiving pressure from caretakers (grow operators).


Last year a list of approved pesticides was created, but many members of the marijuana industry were not satisfied. They argued that without use of certain chemicals, the plants are at risk of developing mold or other fungi.

“We were caught between a rock and a hard spot,” said John Salazar, former Colorado agriculture commissioner. “Anything we wanted to allow simply was not enough for that industry.”

To read more about the pesticides used in the production of marijuana see the full article published by the Denver Post.