Testing Mandate Is Straining California Cannabis Cos.

By Oren Bitan (August 9, 2018, 2:16 PM EDT) -- The cannabis industry faces the unique challenge of cultivating its plants in soil previously used for other crops — soil that often contains pesticides that are typically allowed for fruits and vegetables. One of the most notable (and dangerous) pesticides used by cannabis cultivators, or that remains in soil utilized by cannabis cultivators, is myclobutanil, also called Eagle 20.

Eagle 20 is useful for farmers because it prevents mildew. Myclobutanil is not deemed harmful if found on a tomato or apple, but if smoked, myclobutanil turns into cyanide gas, a deadly poison. Hence, the cannabis industry is now under more scrutiny...

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