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California investigates pesticide safety limits for marijuana, fearing users exposed to ‘unsafe’ chemical levels

| | November 13, 2019
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Starting this January, California cannabis users can get a $20 gift card by anonymously sharing their consumption habits with a state-funded survey team.

Researchers from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and Sacramento State are trying to calculate how much cannabis the average California user consumes on a daily basis. The information will help them set more accurate safety levels for pesticide use on cannabis crops.

The state has had concerns about pesticide levels in marijuana since the drug became legally available to non-medical users in 2016. The federal government sets pesticide levels for fruits and vegetables based on calculated American consumption, but that data doesn’t exist for cannabis. To calculate a safe quantity, scientists need to know how much cannabis people are ingesting, said department spokesperson Charlotte Fadipe.

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There’s very little research on the health risks of pesticides in marijuana specifically, but other states have issued health warnings about excessive pesticide levels in certain cannabis products.

California started testing legal marijuana in 2018. At first, about 20 percent of products were found to contain unsafe levels of pesticides and taken off the shelves, but that number dropped to 14 percent after a few months, according to the Associated Press.

Read full, original article: How Much Cannabis Do Californians Use? Researchers Want To Ask In Order To Set Safe Pesticide Limits.

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