By Rick Pfrommer of cannabisnowmagazine.com
One of the challenges mainstream labs face when entering the cannabis testing arena is that they are all federally licensed and, even with legalization, may be hesitant to defy federal regulations. The widespread use of pesticides is another issue that Van Hook sees as an obstacle for the emerging industry.
“All pesticides are illegal to use unless their use on a particular crop is specified on the label,” he said. “That means that, technically, no pesticides are legal to use, since marijuana is not listed as a crop on any of their labels. Special labels might even need to be developed just for California until there is more federal clarity on the issue. As it stands now, none of the [pesticides available in the marketplace] are legal to use – period.”
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