Pot Regulations In Action: Maine Dispensaries Stop Using Pesticides

September 10th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

In an example of how regulations on cannabis can serve public health and safety, the operator of four of Maine’s medical pot dispensaries has stopped using pesticides after a state investigation.

The Maine Board of Pesticides Control fined Wellness Connection of Maine $18,000 Sept. 6 for unlawful use of pesticides on marijuana, the Portland Press Herald reports.

The Board found nine pesticides at Wellness Connection’s growing operations, and 20 violations in all between May 2012 and March 2013. Wellness Connection has paid the fine in full and revamped its operations, the group stated.

Five of the nine pesticides used “contain active ingredients that are safe for many uses and federally approved for use on tobacco”, the Herald reported. “Many of the pesticides contained natural active ingredients, such as vegetable oils.”

But back in March, state law didn’t allow any pesticide use on cannabis, so any substance could be deemed a pesticide. A June law in Maine approved some low-risk pesticides for pot.

“Substances allowed under the bill are determined by a list of more than 30 active ingredients exempt from federal registration under Section 25(b) of the federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. They are deemed virtually harmless and include sesame oil, soybean oil and peppermint oil.”

Wellness Connection’s management said the company is now using environmental and mechanical tools as well as insects to control pests. The company should not need pesticides, Wellness Connection’s Becky DeKeuster told the Herald. “Are they one of the first

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