Massachusetts Bill Would Allow Organic Pesticides on Cannabis

Massachusetts lawmakers may pass a bill that would allow for organic pesticide use on cannabis crops.

According to New England Public Radio, this bill, which was officially considered on Nov. 5 would overturn the Massachusetts ruling that cannabis cannot be treated with any pesticides, regardless of the type. It would only make allowances for pesticides that are completely organic and already approved for other crops.

Initially, the state ruled in 2018 that no pesticides could be used in the cannabis industry. The state even closed a dispensary specifically because of the business’s use of pesticides. Now, however, it looks like this ruling may not stand.

Good Chemistry, a cannabis company with businesses in multiple states, including Colorado, claimed that organic pesticide use should be legal, as long as growers only use pesticides that are legal on other produce in the state and not looked down upon.

“We want to make sure that we’re providing a clean product in the cannabis industry, and right now that doesn’t include using clean, organic materials to make sure those products are clean,” Representative Aaron Vega of Holyoke, who introduced the bill, said about this new proposal.

The bill would allow organic-based pesticides to be used in order to control mold, mildew and pests on cannabis, as long as they have also been officially approved by the federal government on flowering plants and food products. In most cases, they are already in use in the state, just not for cannabis.

Massachusetts has started loosening up on its cannabis regulations, as state lawmakers recently approved cannabis lounges and home delivery, and the state has been steady regarding cannabis sales so far. This next step for legal cannabis in Massachusetts will be a step forward for more proficient growing in the state.

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