Matthew Kenwrick

Popular Pesticide’s Ban in Washington Made ‘In Error’

Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board has rescinded the stop-sale order on All Natural Spider Mite Control Concentrate after they found the testing that caused the ban “to be in error,” according to a press release.

The board also ordered stop-use orders for Mega Wash and Ultimate Wash, as they are unregistered products; and wetting agent SM 90 after testing found it to contain Salicylic acid. They recommend that dispensary owners provide a notice to customers informing them that their products might have been treated with an undisclosed pesticide.  

The WSLCB can confiscate and destroy any products containing Salicylic acid over permitted levels. No specific cannabis products were recalled by the board.

Recently adopted rules in the state allow more than 200 pesticides to be used in cannabis cultivation. The rules follow a spate of recalls in the cannabis industry nationwide.

Last year, Colorado-based EdiPure voluntarily recalled 7,700 edibles due to pesticide concerns. In March, 10 pesticide-tainted products were recalled in Colorado.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, common chemicals in pesticides and fungicides are safe at low levels, however due to marijuana’s federal status; the FDA has no guidelines for cannabis cultivation.

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