OREGON: The Oregon Department of Agriculture has identified 250 pesticides that marijuana producers may use to combat pests, mold and other problems common in the industry.
The pesticides on Oregon’s list pose minimal risk to human health, according to the federal government, which sets pesticide policy nationally. Most pesticides approved for use in organic agriculture, for instance, would be allowed. Pesticides must list broad agricultural uses on their labels to be included on the state’s list.
The agency’s assistant director, Lauren Henderson, briefed Oregon lawmakers Monday about the state’s new policy on pesticide use in cannabis. The issue is a major one for the industry, which has relied on pesticides to deal with mites and other problems that can render a crop worthless.