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Colorado Pot Crops Found to Have Dangerous Levels of Pesticides

Colorado Pot Crops Found to Have Dangerous Levels of PesticidesAs green as Colorado is known to be, it looks like their marijuana crops are not as green as one would hope.Recent studies reveal that Colorado’s marijuana crops have “dangerous levels” of pesticides and the news is inciting panic among people and the state’s agricultural agencies.

According to last week’s CNN report, at least one legal over-the-counter pot product tested positive for illegally high levels of the neurotoxin imidacloprid. The news of the pesticides led to a recall of 2,362 pot products.

Unfortunately, this is not the first study to find toxins in marijuana products. Just last September, a study from the Denver Post found that the marijuana products they tested contained six times the legal amount of pesticides in consumable products.

To put it in perspective, if the same amount of pesticides were found on a food product like avocados, they would be immediately pulled off the shelves. However, since Colorado only recently legalized marijuana, they are still figuring out how to deal with these types of issues.

Since marijuana remains illegal on a federal level, there is no FDA regulation to step in and correct the issue leaving pesticide legislation up to the states. This lack of government oversight leads to confusion on the quantities of pesticides that should be allowed in marijuana products.

The Ever-Changing Cannabis Laws

The marijuana businesses in Colorado are not required to test products for pesticides before they sell them. They also do not have to test products before making them available for sale. Instead, consumers and businesses must exercise extreme caution before selling and consuming unregulated products. Various state agencies are hoping to remedy this problem.

As for now, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper just issued an executive order earlier this month allowing state agencies the authority to pull products off the shelves and destroy them if they contain higher than the approved levels of pesticides.

“When a pesticide is applied to a crop in a manner that is inconsistent with the pesticide’s label, and the crop is contaminated by that pesticide, it constitutes a threat to the public safety,” the order said.

The Denver Post reported that Colorado is also working to pass a legislation preventing illegal pesticides from being used in the first place. Legislator is working to pass rules that would limit the amount of pesticides used in marijuana that are approved for consumption. The goal is that eventually marijuana will be used safely in greenhouses and will be safer for human consumption. Until then, Colorado cannabis lover must remember to proceed with caution.

With the news of pesticides in marijuana products, it is important to know the environmental impacts of marijuana farms. We have discussed in detail how marijuana farms are causing serious damage to the environment in areas like California. In California, run-off from marijuana farms get into the water and causes damage to the ecosystem. Also, since marijuana requires high amount of water to grow successfully, California is facing a major water shortage and marijuana farms are part of the problem.

The fact that marijuana is only legal on a state by state basis makes the process of establishing clear procedures difficult since regulations are not able to be considered on a federal level. In states where marijuana is legal, businesses have to rely on cash-only transactions as they are unable to use federal banking systems.

Overall, the issue of marijuana reform is an increasingly complex issue and in the future, solutions to the problems of legalization will be addressed. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135

-Author: Shernide Delva

5 Reasons Legal Pot is Not as Cool as It Seems

A new Colorado state law went into effect January 1, permitting anyone 21 years of age or older to buy and consume small amounts of marijuana, despite the fact that it remains a Schedule I controlled substance at the federal level.

Therefore, weed is now legal (in some states)…awesome. Nope. There are still a lot of things to iron out before there is seamlessness between industry and freedom to toke on the ganja. So, before you get involved, check out these 5 reasons legal pot is not as cool as it seems.

#5. Weed Money Is Still Drug Money

Because banks are federally regulated and marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, there is a huge schism happening in Colorado: on one hand you have a completely legal industry (dispensaries) breaking federal laws by lying to banks about the nature of their business and their large cash deposits. Then, think about this: these same business owners are being left vulnerable to possible violent crime because they’re handling brick-loads of cash on the down-low.

#4. You Can Still Be Fired for Smoking in the Privacy of Your Home

The very same Colorado law that says it’s legal to buy and consume limited amounts of marijuana also states that businesses can still prohibit marijuana use among its employees; courts have ruled that employees can be terminated for smoking pot on the job and even in their private, personal time.

If a company has a drug policy in place, and an employee fails a drug test, the employer can take whatever action they see fit. Furthermore, employees can even be fired for using medical marijuana with a doctor’s prescription.

#3. You Still Can’t Smoke in Public

The new recreational marijuana laws apply only to the realm of private property. In Colorado, there exists a statewide smoking ban in restaurants and bars. And, it’s pretty safe to say that hoteliers are unwilling to allow pot smoking in their rooms –as of yet.  This means that tourists have pretty much nowhere to casually smoke.

#2. You Can’t Leave the State with It

If you are not a resident of the state of Colorado, the good news is that you can travel there in order to purchase pot for recreational purposes. However, you cannot leave the state with it in your possession. Nor can you mail it home. In fact, that would be a huge no-no as it is an automatic felony offense to do so. You’ve probably heard of drug trafficking. It’s not just for drug cartels and drug runners anymore.

#1. You Can Still Go to Jail for It

Wait, what?

In Colorado, if you caught a marijuana drug charge prior to the new laws, you are still seen as a lawbreaker. Because, you did in fact break the law at the time of the incident. There are still a lot of pending cases for weed-related offenses and, although many of them have been dropped, not all will be. It depends on the county in which the offense took place; some counties in Colorado are choosing to pursue cases for pot-related transgressions.
Federally speaking, the Department of Justice technically could still go after pot users, even though President Obama has ordered them to stand down. And with this being Obama’s last term, the next leader of the free world could, under federal law, choose to make an example of the Rocky Mountain state.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/4-reasons-legalized-weed-proving-to-be-total-bummer/

http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/06/news/economy/colorado-pot-firing/index.html

 

 

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