Washington regulators shut down pot businesses over DDT concerns
Washington regulators shut down pot businesses over DDT concerns The state of Washington has recently shut down several marijuana businesses over concerns of DDT contamination. DDT, or dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, is a pesticide that was banned in the United States in 1972 due to its harmful effects on the environment and human health. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) has been conducting tests on marijuana products for the presence of DDT since 2018. In May of this year, the LCB issued a warning to all licensed marijuana businesses in the state, stating that any products found to contain DDT would be subject to seizure and destruction. Since then, several businesses have been shut down for selling products that tested positive for DDT. The LCB has not released the names of the businesses, but has stated that they were all located in the eastern part of the state. The LCB has also stated that it will continue to test marijuana products for the presence of DDT, and that any businesses found to be in violation of the state's regulations will be subject to enforcement action. The use of pesticides in the cultivation of marijuana has been a controversial issue in the industry. While some pesticides are allowed under state regulations, others are banned due to their harmful effects on human health and the environment. The LCB has stated that it takes the issue of pesticide use in the marijuana industry very seriously, and that it will continue to work to ensure that all licensed businesses are in compliance with state regulations. In addition to DDT, the LCB has also been testing for the presence of other banned pesticides, including myclobutanil and imidacloprid. These pesticides have been found in some marijuana products in the past, and can cause serious health problems if ingested. The LCB has advised consumers to only purchase marijuana products from licensed businesses, and to look for products that have been tested for pesticides and other contaminants. The issue of pesticide use in the marijuana industry is likely to continue to be a hot topic in the coming years. As more states legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use, regulators will need to work to ensure that the industry is safe and free from harmful contaminants.