On Tuesday, September 4, Riverside County announced it was teaming up with the State of California to train the local cannabis growers on how to comply with laws that regulate pesticide use.
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) enforces laws that govern the sale and use of pesticides in California—including its use on cannabis. The Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act required DPR to develop guidelines for the use of pesticides in the cultivation of cannabis, provide guidelines on pesticide residue for the Bureau of Cannabis Control, and require that the application of pesticides in connection with the cultivation of cannabis complies with Division 6 of the Food and Agriculture Code that regulates pest control operations.
Under state law, cannabis cultivators and their employees who apply pesticides must comply with pesticide laws and regulations. Riverside’s training will be facilitated by the county’s Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and the State Department of Pesticide Regulation and will be geared toward licensed cultivators operating in cities that allow cultivation—those who register for the class, however, will not be required to show a license to attend the training.
Riverside’s training class will cover Operator Identification Numbers, Private Applicator Certificates, Pesticide Use Reporting, Employer Requirements and Worker Health and Safety, and Understanding and Interpreting Pesticide Labels.
Riverside is offering two separate training sessionS on September 13 and September 20, from 9 a.m. until noon at the University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Center, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert.
Riverside County expects to issue about 50 cultivation permits this year. In addition, Riverside’s Ordinance 925 qualified individual patients and primary caregivers to cultivate up to 12 plants—for medical purposes only—on a parcel where the patient or caregiver resides.
For more information, visit the Agricultural Commissioner’s web site at http://www.rivcoawm.org. To register for training, contact the Commissioner’s Coachella Valley District Office at (760) 342-5070.