How Colorado Regulates Mold And Pesticides In Marijuana

October 18, 2019
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Cannabis like any other crop is treated with pesticides and can contract mold.

When you buy food at the grocery store you trust it’s safe — not too many pesticides, and hopefully no harmful bacteria or mold. Can consumers of cannabis have the same confidence when they walk into a dispensary? A Denver cultivator voluntarily recalled product from 144 stores statewide this week. It's the third recall in Denver for mold and yeast contamination in 2019.

Ricardo Baca was the founding editor of “The Cannabist,” at The Denver Post where he reported extensively on pesticides in cannabis cultivation. Now Baca has a PR firm, Grasslands, that works with the cannabis industry. On Colorado Matters, he provides some perspective on how this is regulated when federal agencies can't get involved.