Pesticide Remediation


Pesticide Remediation

“Don’t Drink the Water”


Written by Ruby McConnell


The OHA and OLCC have proposed changes to the Recreational Marijuana Rules and the proposed rule changes, in addition to other measures, allow for the remediation and resale of products that previously tested positive for pesticides. This is concerning for several reasons:

-Allowing remediation does nothing to discourage the use of pesticides within the industry, running against the intent of the law and endangering air, soil, and water quality in addition to human health.

-No provisions are made for the separation of these product within facilities, increasing the likelihood of cross contamination during the remediation process.

-No provisions are made for informing the public that they are purchasing and consuming remediated products.

We believe that the citizens of the State of Oregon voted in a law that prohibited pesticides, period. The proposed rule changes go against the spirit and intent of the law and the will of the voters- without properly informing the public. We therefore believe the OHA should NOT allow remediated products to market.

If they do insist on allowing these products the public should insist upon the following measures:

Any farm producing material that tests positive for such pesticides should be required to report the tests as a release to the DEQ.

Remediation should be required to be conducted in a separate processing space.

These products should be clearly labeled as remediated on consumer packaging and sold separately from non-remediated products.

If you wish to present oral testimony, two public hearings will be held:

Eugene:          April 27, 2017 at 11:00am

                       Atrium Building

                       99 W 10th Ave., Sloat Room

                       Eugene, OR 97401

You may also file written comments before 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2017, by submitting them to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at the following address:

OHA, Public Health Division

Attn: Administrative Rules Coordinator

800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930

Portland, Oregon 97232

E-mail comments to:

You may also send comments by fax to (971) 673-1299.


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