Warning For Growers: Your 'Organic' Fertilizer May Contain Pesticides

With the recent spate of cannabis-centric gardening products like Miracle-Gro's heavily-advertised fertilizer and soil line, Black Magic, more companies are cashing in on the burgeoning popularity of home cultivation trend. One problem? Some products don't measure up to the claims on the package. 

The July 20 dicta from Oregon's Department of Agriculture to pull 14 cultivation products from store shelves for undeclared pesticide active ingredients is actually a sign of how far the law has come: under prohibition, consumers simply had to risk smoking cannabis tainted with whatever dangerous pesticides black-market growers felt like using. Now, out of 36 states with medical marijuana programs, more than a dozen have regulations surrounding pesticides, including penalties for growers who fail to comply with the law. 

The decision to pull the products came after lab tests revealed pesticides. "In an abundance of caution," ODA said in a press release, they've issued the recall order and are "currently sampling and testing these products sold in Oregon.” 

"Use of these products could cause growers to experience a loss of marketability and for cannabis to fail Oregon Health Authority (OHA) pesticide testing requirements," ODA said in a release, adding they've "issued pesticide advisories to growers of all crops and retailers advising them to discontinue using or selling the products." They're working with the Oregon Health Authority to determine any potential human health concerns.

It's worth noting that, to date, the Environmental Protection Agency, hasn't certified any pesticides as safe for use on cannabis.

The full list of affected products can be found here.


By now you may have heard about the cannabis plant's most well-known compounds, THC and CBD, however, there's more to marijuana than just its cannabinoids. Terpenes are aromatic compounds that give plants their flavor and aroma. Found in cannabis and other plants, terpenes have their own therapeutic effects, such as anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, and anti-depressive properties.

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