After an extensive study by theCalifornia-based cannabis testing lab Steep Hill, researchers have determined that most have of the state’s ubiquitous pesticide problem is due to the process of cloning plants. This comes on the heels of a report from last October which estimated about 84 percent of California-grown weed was not “fit for human consumption.” Clones Contaminated by Pesticides Traditionally, there are several different ways a plant becomes contaminated by pesticides. The report cites the following most common causes:
Knowingly use inputs that contain pesticides (such application may be known to some in the operation, but not others), Knowingly use a product whose pesticide content was unknown to them (lack of education, lack of proper labeling), Grow in locations that are subject to pesticide “drift” from the application by a neighbor (wind, water, soil, insects, animals).
Following the initial 2016 study, several licensed cannabis growers grew perplexed about the...
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