The birth of commercial cannabis regulation
As the legal cannabis business continues to expand, the struggle to decide on various forms of regulation continues alongside it. As more and more entrepreneurs seek entry, lawmakers are still in the process of determining the best way to supervise the booming industry.
Most of the attention has been on distribution: how to regulate the legal sale of cannabis goods and products, and the legal framework for starting a dispensary or product line. For an industry with such high potential for profit comes an equally high barrier to entry, with the cost of following regulations varying from state to state.
But what about our health?
One often-overlooked aspect thus far has been the regulation of pesticide use by commercial cannabis farms. But as growing operations expand, pest control is bound to become a major area of focus for regulators.
While seasoned growers already know what works and what doesn’t, that doesn’t necessarily mean lawmakers will take that wisdom into consideration. Currently, only California and Colorado provide lists of approved products.
As growing operations expand, new solutions like biopesticides offer a valuable option to the industry’s pest control regulations.
What are biopesticides?
Biopesticides offer the best of both worlds in that they can help maintain the quality of cannabis crops, while providing a safer approach to farming: pest control without the harmful toxins.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, biopesticides are pesticides derived from natural sources such as animals, plants, bacteria, and minerals. For example, canola oil and baking soda have pesticidal applications and are considered biopesticides.
Whereas exposure to conventional pesticide affects a wide range of living things (birds, insects, and mammals), biopesticides only affect the targeted organisms. Additionally, biopesticides can effectively be used in much smaller quantities than traditional pesticides and decompose at a faster rate, resulting in less pollution and shorter periods of exposure.
As the U.S. moves forward with commercial cannabis regulation, it’s important that we make clear to our representatives that our pest control methods should not simultaneously destroy the air, soil, water, and local ecology from which our plants will come.
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