Colorado Recalls 100,000 Cannabis Edibles: Pesticide Crisis in Cannabis Industry

Apparently the cannabis industry actually has a pesticide problem. Headlines are being made and eyebrows raised, as cannabis consumers fear they may have been ingesting more than they were told. Hopefully its not actually a prevalent issue.

A Medical Daily article sports the headline: “Colorado Recalls 100,000 Marijuana Edibles Due To Pesticides, The 15th In 16 Weeks.”

The article reads:

“On December 30, the Cannabist reported that the city of Denver has issued its largest pot-related recall to date: nearly 100,000 packages of marijuana edibles made by the company Mountain High Suckers. The packages, containing anything from lozenges to lollipops, were voluntarily recalled by the company over concerns they might contain two pesticides disallowed by the state in marijuana production — imidacloprid and myclobutanil. There are a total of five batches involved in the recall, two intended strictly for recreational use.  

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‘A couple of weeks ago it was brought to our attention that our products may contain pesticides that have been deemed unusable on cannabis,’ the company explained on its Facebook page on Dec. 30. ‘We decided to take a proactive step and submit samples of all of our products for pesticide testing so we can help make sure that our products are safe.’”

According to Cannabist: pot growers have long been using pesticides they shouldn’t have been.

The insightful article from Cannabist lists the 5 most prevalent cannabis pesticides as:

Myclobutanil: Fungicide. Active ingredient in Eagle 20 pesticide brand. Considered “slightly hazardous” by the World Health Organization, a “Bad Actor” by the Pesticide Action Network and its own label warns of nervous system problems and toxic fumes.

Imidacloprid: Insecticide. Found in Merit and Mallet pesticide brands. Considered “moderately hazardous” by the WHO, and the National Pesticide Information Center says it’s moderately toxic if ingested or inhaled.

Abamectin and the avermectin chemical family: Insecticide. Found in Avid and Lucid pesticide brands. PAN lists avermectin as a “Bad Actor,” and Avid labels say it’s “harmful if inhaled.”

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Etoxazole: Insecticide. Found in TetraSan 5 WDG pesticide brand, which is primarily used on ornamental and landscape plants.

Spiromesifen: Insecticide. Found in Oberon, Judo and Forbid brand pesticides.”

A longtime blazer of trees might be shocked. How long has this been happening? Is it really a severe problem?

For an answer to the fundamental question, “have I been smoking pesticide?”, you would have to find out for yourself where the bud came from. Perhaps you could research some sort of non-expensive testing kits for pesticide. It wouldn’t be too difficult to figure that out.

Some people and news outlets are predictably claiming we need regulations to handle the situation. Why? Do you want to rely on the federal government’s monopoly of force, or would you be better off simply testing your cannabis for pesticides and exercising discernment with what you purchase?

You can infer my idea of an ideal solution; check for yourself, you don’t need a government to test your cannabis for chemicals. Please share this with all the men and women who love ganja.

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