The election proved victorious for California’s recreational cannabis industry and consumers – but with liberties, comes regulations.
A recent study by Steep Hill Labs, a global leader in cannabis testing and analytics, detected what could be a significant challenge for California’s cannabis growers. The issue lies with the new product testing requirements, which go into effect almost a year from now – in January 2018.
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According to Steep Hill, when they applied Oregon’s marijuana testing standards, 83% of the Californian products tested would have failed.
As shown in the chart below, the largest imprint was from the myclobutanil pesticide, which is a compound that converts into toxic hydrogen cyanide when combusted.
Combustion takes place every time a cannabis smoker lights up.
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They said that growers will need to significantly adapt their cultivation operations to address the high prevalence of pesticides. Such a move would be to meet both the state’s new regulations, and address the growing concern among consumers about the quality of cannabis they are ingesting.
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Not sure where to start? The Organic Cannabis Association has a pesticide-free certification program which tests participating grows for residuals of harmful pesticides. The best scores go to the grows with residual pesticides testing at zero.
Their objective is to create and implement rigorous organic standards to produce legal cannabis, promoting quality industry professionals and educating the public.
“What goes into the plant – and ultimately into the consumer product no matter how far removed from plant form – requires the same thoughtfulness and careful consideration as what goes into our food, water and air,” said the OCA website.
11/28/2016 Update: Corrected misspelling of mycobutinol to myclobutanil