Insecticide reportedly found in organic marijuana prompts class action lawsuit

Written by Emily Gray Brosious for Extract.

SAFED, ISRAEL - MARCH 07: (ISRAEL OUT) A worker packs cannabis at the growing facility of the Tikun Olam company on March 7, 2011 near the northern city of Safed, Israel. In conjunction with Israel's Health Ministry, Tikon Olam are currently distributing cannabis for medicinal purposes to over 1800 people in Israel. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

The reported discovery of a chemical insecticide in organically grown legal marijuana in Oregon has led to a class action lawsuit against an Illinois-based insecticide maker, according to Courthouse News Service.

A lawsuit filed July 14 in Multnomah County Court by Benjamin Efran claims Guardian Mite Spray, a popular product advertised as “all natural” and used by organic cannabis growers, actually contains the conventional chemical pesticide ingredient abamectin.

Oregon’s Department of Agriculture temporarily removed the pesticide from its list of chemicals approved for use on cannabis cultivation after lab tests found the chemical ingredient abamectin in Guardian Mite Spray back in January 2016. But abamectin was not an active ingredient listed on the product label, as required by law, according to The Oregonian.

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  1. Thank’s for the article. That is really frightening!

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