Pesticides & Cannabis | PSA

The safe cultivation of marijuana for consumption is a murky pool to wade through. Marijuana is illegal at the federal level, and thus the EPA is unable to issue guidelines or regulations regarding pesticides and fertilizers that are safe to use.

It would be assumed that marijuana farmers would utilize pesticides deemed safe for food crops. This would be a logical association, but we are forgetting that these pesticides were deemed safe for ingestion, not inhalation.

“…nobody is smoking zinnias, so the safety hasn’t been established for those uses.” – Janna Beckerman, professor of botany and plant pathology at Purdue University [1]

If you were to google ‘pesticides and marijuana’, you would find a plethora of articles and websites. The information is endless, but it’s hard to verify and substantiate.

The disconnect of federal government and the legalization of marijuana is not only inconvenient, but dangerous.

Consumers living in states where marijuana is legal are purchasing and using the plant under the assurance and assumption that it’s safe. It’s legal so it must be regulated…right?

“…the federal government still considers cannabis an illegal drug, the EPA has not approved any pesticides for use on the plant, nor has the agency provided any indication of the level of residues on cannabis products—if any—that could be considered safe…” [2]

Many states have compiled their own lists of pesticides that are safe to use, but without the ‘green light’ from federal government the funding and extensive studies have yet to be performed. For example: Colorado has a list and even offers a sign-up function to be notified of modifications to the list:

The documentation of pesticide use is addressed through the states that have legalized marijuana for sale. Marijuana must be tracked from seed to sale, and stringent records must be kept. This will only assist the process of validating and approving pesticides when they finally do go legal nationwide.

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Information has been gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice.


Sources & Links


[1] Schiller, Melissa. (2019, January 9). Cannabis Business Times. Purdue Researchers Tackle Cannabis Industry’s Pesticide Problem. Retrieved from:


EPA Pesticide Worker Safety

National Pesticide Information Center


ATF Offices in the United States, Contact Information for Storage Requirements

Contact Information for ATF Offices in the United States

Alabama & Tennessee

Head Office: Brentwood, Tennessee

Phone: (615) 565-1400

Fax: (615) 565-1401


Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, and Guam

Head Office: Seattle, Washington

Phone: (206) 204-3205

Fax: (206) 204-3252


Arizona and New Mexico

Head Office: Phoenix, Arizona

Office of Criminal Enforcement Phone: (602) 776-5400

Office of Industry Operation Phone: (602) 776-5480

Fax: (602) 776-5429


Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi

Head Office: Metairie, Louisiana

Phone: (504) 841-7000

Fax: (504) 841-7039

California (northern) and Nevada

Head Office: Dublin, California

Phone: (925) 557-2800

Fax: (925) 557-2805


California (Los Angeles)

Head Office: Glendale, California

Phone: (818) 265-2500

Fax: (818) 265-2501


Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming

Head Office: Denver, Colorado

Phone: (303) 575-7600

Fax: (303) 575-7601


Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts

Head Office: Boston, Massachusetts

Phone: (617) 557-1200

Fax: (617) 557-1201


Delaware and Maryland

Head Office: Baltimore, Maryland

Phone: (443) 965-2000

Fax: (443) 965-2001


Florida (Miami)

Head Office: Miami, Florida

Phone: (305) 597-4800

Fax: (305) 597-4801


Florida (Tampa)

Head Office: Tampa, Florida

Phone: (813) 202-7300

Fax: (813) 202-7301



Head Office: Atlanta, Georgia

Phone: (404) 417-2600

Fax: (404) 417-2601



Head Office: Chicago, Illinois

Phone: (312) 846-7200

Fax: (312) 846-7201


Indiana and Ohio

Head Office: Columbus, Ohio

Phone: (614) 827-8400

Fax: (614) 827-8401


Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

Head Office: Kansas City, Missouri

Phone: (816) 559-0700

Fax: (816) 559-0701


Kentucky and West Virginia

Head Office: Louisville, Kentucky

Phone: (502) 753-3400

Fax: (502) 753-3401



Head Office: Detroit, Michigan

Phone: (313) 202-3400

Fax: (313) 202-3445


Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Head Office: St. Paul, Minnesota

Phone: (651) 726-0200

Fax: (651) 726-0201


New Jersey

Head Office: Woodland Park, New Jersey

Phone: (973) 413-1179

Fax: (973) 413-1190


New York

Head Office: New York, New York

Phone: (646) 335-9000

Fax: (646) 335-9001


North Carolina and South Carolina

Head Office: Charlotte, North Carolina

Phone: (704) 716-1800

Fax: (704) 716-1801


Oklahoma and Texas (northern)

Head Office: Dallas, Texas

Phone: (469) 227-4300

Fax: (469) 227-4330



Head Office: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Phone: (215) 446-7800

Fax: (215) 446-7811


Texas (southern)

Head Office: Houston, Texas

Phone: (281) 716-8200

Fax: (281) 716-8219


Virginia and District of Columbia

Head Office: Washington, DC

Phone: (202) 648-8010

Fax: (202) 648-8001

Chemical Storage Lockers and Buildings


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