Despite fining two marijuana growers and suspending the licenses of two others for using unapproved pesticides, Washington state hasn’t recalled any products for pesticides during the 18 months that legal pot sales have been allowed.
The city of Denver, by comparison, recently recalled 19 pot products for pesticides in 19 weeks.
Should consumers here in Washington be worried or relieved?
It’s hard to say at this point. Professor Allan Felsot at Washington State University said he’s not seeing cause for concern in his research on pesticide risks. Others, such as professor Dave Stone at Oregon State University, say there’s just not enough data.
“The most important thing I’d communicate to the public is we don’t know, and you need to know that,” said Stone, director of the National Pesticide Information Center. [Read more at the Seattle Times]