Denver, Colorado city officials have banned more than 60,000 marijuana plants meant for sale due to possible unapproved pesticide contamination.
Denver officials ordered one warehouse full of these plants (worth $60 million in product) to go under quarantine due to the suspected use of pesticides that could harm consumers were the plants to be inhaled.
Especially considering the fact that many Colorado residents purchase marijuana for medicinal purposes, the use of pesticides for growing the plants is highly frowned upon.
Eleven additional marijuana growers have been quarantined in the past several months due to similar concerns. Some growers have voluntary destroyed their own product.
Not all growers use pesticides, but the city only restricts certain pesticides for growers who do. Most plants are not tested for contaminates, but the city of Denver has started very limited testing in light of the recent findings.
Like all other crops, organically grown marijuana may soon be in high demand since pesticide contamination by uncaring growers seems to be on the rise – at least for now – as more plants undergo quarantine due to a crackdown, growers might get a clue and start growing marijuana more responsibly.
Since the Federal Government does not recognize medical marijuana, they will not be putting any organically grown labels on any pot produced by growers in Denver, or other states that have passed laws to make marijuana legal.