Anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock knows that Colorado has been having some serious pesticide issues over the past six months. It seems to be one thing after another—as soon as one batch of cannabis is cleared, another gets recalled, and no one can seem to agree on the proper regulations of pesticide levels. Recently, the state has finally stepped in to try and enforce these laws once and for all to ensure that all cannabis products are up to par.
Last month, yet another batch of cannabis was put on hold in Colorado Springs when alarms were raised about high pesticide levels. This was the first time that the Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Health and Safety Advisory Board in Colorado stepped in, using the authority granted to them by the governor to intervene when they deem cannabis pesticide levels to be a public safety risk.
While Denver has already dealt with a great deal of these recalls, seeing a similar trend popping up in Colorado Springs must have alerted officials to the fact that this isn’t going to be an easily controlled problem without some stricter rules and guidelines being put into place.
“We want to ensure we’ve been very thorough about the underlying circumstances and the use of the pesticides, and that we’ve identified all the product that’s been affected by this,” Lewis Koski, Deputy Senior Director for the Colorado Department of Revenue’s enforc ement division, told the Denver Post.
“The Department of Revenue, Department of Agriculture and Department of Public Health and Environment have been working tirelessly to enact the governor’s executive order,” added Andrew Freedman, Hickenlooper’s Director of Marijuana Policy, when speaking with the Post. “Over time, we anticipate that compliance rates will improve and these instances will become less prevalent.”
This is a great step in the right direction, as state regulations may be followed more closely than local law, but the big issue still lies with the fact that the federal government has no such standards for pesticides when it comes to what they deem to be a dangerous, Schedule 1 drug. Until there can finally be federal standards for pesticides, we may be seeing more of these recalls and debates in legal states.