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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

Marijuana Grow Houses

Pot producers have been taking marijuana indoors for a long time now. Marijuana growers take their operations inside for two different reasons. First, it makes sense to take grow operation indoors where police helicopters and passing motorists won’t notice a marijuana farm. Second, growing pot indoors allows the growers to make stronger pot and more of it. Some marijuana growers take their operations into the residential homes that they live in or rent from unsuspecting home owners.

If marijuana growers only use one room in their house for cultivating marijuana that is known as having a grow room, if they use the entire house that is known as a marijuana grow house. You make think this uncommon but marijuana grow houses are far from isolated incidents. In fact, in some areas of the United States, the statistics are mind blowing. In Humboldt County, California, where marijuana production is limited legally, law enforcement says that 1,000-7,500 of the homes are marijuana grow houses. In Canada, the estimate of marijuana grow houses is one out of every five.

Marijuana grow houses are a lot of effort but they also reap hundreds of thousands of dollars. A half a pound of pot can sometimes rack in close to 1,000 dollars depending on the market rate and each plant in the marijuana grow house usually yields around half a pound of marijuana. So if a marijuana grower has 50 plants, that’s 25 pounds pot which comes out at about 25,000 dollars and most marijuana grow houses hold way more than 50 plants.

Usually full blown marijuana grow houses are not inhabited by people but are ideally used for the housing of the marijuana plants only. The mangers of the grow houses may operate as many as a dozen marijuana grow houses like this. There are two factors behind the heart of marijuana grow house operations; money and management.  Sometimes the people who provide the money for the marijuana grow house are the same people who manage it but sometimes the grow house is funded by different people than it is managed by. For instance, organized crime can fund the grow houses while other people manage it. All marijuana grow houses have someone who manages materials, renovations, setup and staffing in person.

Marijuana grow houses need someone to manage it because if you are going to rent or buy a space you have to deal with landlords. In some cases marijuana grow houses are bought from crooked real estate agents.

Once a marijuana grow house is up and running someone has to see to its’ daily care and maintenance as well as provide security against other criminals who want a slice of the money that is associated with a grow operation of that size.

Law enforcement agencies have some high-tech marijuana grow house detection tools. They use infrared imaging cameras and can spot pot spots due to the heat the indoor lamps produce by simulating sunlight for the plants inside.

Marijuana grow houses are everywhere and are not isolated to one area of the country. In fact it is said that marijuana grow houses are much more common than meth labs these days. Marijuana grow houses take a lot of money to run but can produce a massive profit which is why most people are in the pot business. There are a fewer number of people growing marijuana for medical reasons or for their own use.

Either way marijuana grow houses can bring criminal activity and property damage to the home.

If you or someone you know needs treatment for Marijuana Addiction please call us at 800-951-6135 or visit us online at www.palmpartners.com.

 

Marijuana Farms

Marijuana farms, although illegal, are lucrative business. For the state of California, marijuana farms are cash crop. Marijuana consumption for medical use has been legal in California since 1996 when voters passed Proposition 215. Medical marijuana is considered to be a joke within the state and is currently under fire. Anyone older than 18 with a doctor’s note can obtain medical marijuana which keeps the need for marijuana farms growing.  Since California’s legalization of medicinal marijuana and marijuana farms other states have attempted to follow suit.

Most marijuana farms are still considered illegal throughout the country, even though the DEA has been licensing some of them. The DEA has licensed 55 pharmaceutical companies to have marijuana farms in order to produce generic versions of the THC capsule, Marinol, which are marijuana farms outside of the legislation that California and other states have passed.

All of this and yet it didn’t stop the authorities from seizing tons and tons of pot, literally. Last year alone, local and federal authorities seized nearly seven million illegally grown marijuana plants. Federal sentencing for growing marijuana farms is stiff. Marijuana farms can house more than 100 plants that can grow up to over 18 feet high. These growers get doctor’s recommendations that say they can grow up to 99 plants. That’s frustrating for authorities trying to crackdown on marijuana farms because one 18 foot marijuana plant can produce nearly three pounds of medical grade marijuana. Which means the person smoking the marijuana with a marijuana farm of 99 plants would have to smoke a joint every six minutes of every hour of every day in order to consume all the pot they are growing on their marijuana farm.

That’s not all that’s bothering authorities about marijuana farms.

Marijuana farms, which used to be grown by local hippies, are also beginning to be run by armed traffickers that are ready to confront anyone who comes their way. This one of the dangers of marijuana farms but this doesn’t stop marijuana production from happening.

American marijuana farmers grew nearly 22.5 million pounds of marijuana in 2006. This amount of pot is worth nearly 36 billion dollars. Most marijuana farms are locally produced.

The newest press on marijuana farms is their threat to the wildlife in the areas in which they are grown. Some illegal marijuana farms threaten the safety of humans but are also causing ecological damage to the land they are on. The animals that find their home in the forests where marijuana farms are found are also being harmed. The rat poison that is used on illegal marijuana farms is killing fishers, a weasel like animal, found in Redwood National Park, Yosemite and in the southern Sierra Nevada area within the Sierra National Forest.

Those who are in favor of marijuana farms think that it can be a really money maker and can help with a lot of ailments for those who need it medically.

Whether marijuana farms are good or bad is really a matter of personal opinion although if you look at the recent Gallup polls you will find that 50 percent of Americans are in favor to legalize marijuana which means that all those marijuana farms, may be here to stay.

Sources:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=marijuana-farms-poison-wildlife-12-07-22

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/social_issues/july-dec11/marijuana_08-31.html

http://calcoastnews.com/2011/05/dea-licensing-marijuana-farms/

http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2012/06/medical_marijuana_after_a_mode.html

http://www.drugscience.org/Archive/bcr2/domstprod.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/07/21/oakland-legalizes-marijuana-farming.html

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103866520

http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2012/07/16/102366/illegal_marijuana_farms_putting_california_wildlife_at_risk?category=science

http://westernfarmpress.com/management/marijuana-farms-threaten-wildlife

 

In the News: 96 Pot Farms Shut Down

In a real team effort in the War Against Drugs the Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Homeland Security, U.S Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and local agencies busted 14 individuals who were running mass production of marijuana on public lands. Operation Mountain Sweep has only indicted these 14 individuals so far but have shut down a massive 96 pot farms in California.

Whoa!

A total of 578,000 marijuana plants were destroyed as a result of Operation Mountain Sweep. Authorities state that Operation Mountain Sweep will continue until the end of August.

Benjamin B. Wagner, the U.S attorney for the Eastern District of California, spoke on the social and environmental dangers that mass marijuana production bring to the local public. More often than not these large marijuana mills are ran and organized by drug trafficking gangs which brings illegal activity and violence to those areas. It poses as a safety threat to the community. Also, growing any plant where it doesn’t naturally flourish has ramifications on other plants and wildlife. These marijuana plant operations are known to spread poisons that kill other plants and wildlife.  More specifically in California, weasel-like creatures known as fishers are being poisoned with rat poison.  NPR reports that up to 4 fisher deaths were caused by rat poisoning; additionally 46 of 58 dead fishers had the rat poison present in their body.

Marijuana growers usually spray rat poisoning around the plants and irrigations lines to keep rodents away. The chemicals could affect not just fishers but also red foxes, wolverines, and other carnivores. These illicit pot farms are very similar to the cocaine fields found in Guatemala and Colombia or the poppy fields of Afghanistan. There are always negative consequences to drug production and trafficking beyond those that the individual addict suffers. Before marijuana is smoked, baked, ingested – it is grown then trafficked. In that process laws are broken, the economy is inflated, wildlife is damaged and killed, and people are hurt through addiction. It’s never really worth it.

If you or someone you know is looking for treatment for marijuana use, call us at (877) 711-HOPE (4673) or visit us online at www.palmpartners.com.

 

Sources:

http://www.conservationmagazine.org/2012/07/weed-killer/

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/22/1-billion-in-pot-destroyed-in-raids-on-federal-lands/?hpt=hp_t3

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=marijuana-farms-poison-wildlife-12-07-22

http://m.npr.org/news/front/156924028?singlePage=false

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