A well-planned Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is crucial to maintaining proper plant health, product quality, and the profitability of a cultivation facility.  Comprehensive IPM requires expert-level knowledge of the cultivation environment, the pests, pathogens, and molds that attack the cannabis plant, and environmental control strategies that are both effective and compliant.

Compliance with pesticide laws has become a hot topic recently in the cannabis industry.  Failure to comply with federal, state, and local IPM regulations can result in fines, forced destruction of product, or even loss of license.  While cannabis is still illegal on a federal level, there are federal pesticide laws that do apply to cannabis cultivation.  Federal and state pesticide laws are typically enforced at the state level by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and focus on:

  • Worker Protection Standard compliance
  • OSHA respiratory protection standards
  • Pesticide product selection
  • Pesticide residue testing standards
  • Other local specific pesticide laws that may apply

Pest, pathogen, and residue testing is becoming increasingly more stringent.  Having the science knowledge and cultivation knowhow to proactively maintain controls over pests and disease infestations can provide immense value to the overall productivity of a facility.

Integrated Pest Management involves:

  • Installing proper environmental systems and controls
  • In-depth plant science knowledge when analyzing plant health care
  • Adherence to proper cultivation SOP’s
  • Proper pest identification and treatment protocols
  • Facility specific regulatory compliance plans
  • Understanding a constantly changing regulatory landscape

MJardin maintains our own cannabis-specific Integrated Pest Management division that works with our clients to devise IPM solutions that are customized to each individual facility.  Our programs are designed to proactively maintain proper plant health care, aid in compliance with state and federal pesticide laws, and remove significant potential liability from our clients’ businesses.

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