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Cannabis Pest Management Workshop

The Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics is hosting 2 pest management workshops. They will be held September 30th in Zillah and October 1st in Olympia.

pest control signCannabis production is no different from other agricultural crops in that it can become infested with a variety insect, mites and disease. Cannabis production is different from all other agriculture because it is illegal to federally register a pesticide for control of insects and disease. The Washington State Department of Agriculture has developed a list of products that are considered not illegal to use on cannabis in Washington. Many of these products have no practical pest management value or limited efficacy, short residual or other attributes that limit their usefulness to cannabis growers. Due to the expectation of superior quality and the extremely high value of their crop, cannabis growers are under heavy pressure to control insects, mites and diseases. Due to the combination of these factors some growers may be using a wide array of pest management products and practices, some of which may be illegal and may pose a risk to pesticide applicators, cannabis workers and cannabis consumers. This situation is exacerbated by a federal probation on Washington State University and USDA conducting pest management research, development of alternatives to pesticides, pesticide applicator training or training on worker protection from pesticides.

The CCSE is hosting a pest management workshop on how to control insect, mites and diseases in cannabis safely and legally. Topics in the workshop include:

  • The State of Cannabis Pest Management in Washington
  • Pesticide residues on cannabis
  • Toxicology of pesticides used on cannabis
  • What is legal and illegal to use on cannabis
  • Cannabis pesticide applicator training and cannabis worker protection training
  • How to control insects, mites and diseases

Speakers include:

  • Alan Screiber, PhD, President Paladin Research Group, Inc.
  • Erik Johansen, Washington State Department of Agriculture
  • Camille Hollaway, Synergistic Pesticide Lab
  • Allan Felsot, Washington State University
  • Joel Kangiser, Washington State Department of Agriculture

If you are a producer or a processor of Cannabis in Washington State this workshop is vital for you to attend. The workshop is from 10a – 3p and includes catered lunch. Purchase tickets here for Zillah Washington and here for Olympia Washington.