State to ramp up pesticide testing for marijuana crops

Two agencies will collaborate on effort

— Two state agencies are partnering together to accelerate pesticide testing for marijuana.

The state Liquor and Cannabis Board and Department of Agriculture yesterday announced they will work together to test for illegal pesticides on marijuana.

The Liquor and Cannabis Board will pay for the specialized equipment to test for pesticides and two Department of Agriculture employees will do the pesticide tests.

This agreement is for pesticide enforcement, random testing and testing when illegal pesticides are suspected.

“This agreement will significantly expand the state’s ability to test for pesticides,” Liquor and Cannabis Board Director Rick Garza said.

Garza, a Grandview native, added, “It will send a strong message to any producer applying illegal pesticides that they will be caught and face significant penalties, including possible cancellation of the license.”

Under the terms of the agreement, agriculture officials will analyze an average of 75 samples per month covering a spectrum of 100 or more pesticides.

The turnaround time for analytical results will be 15 to 30 calendar days.

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