BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) As Vermont gears up for legalized pot, some are considering the possible environmental impacts.
Several state departments will have new responsibilities once recreational marijuana is legalized in July.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is taking a look at pesticides. Since marijuana is illegal at the federal level, the Environmental Protection Agency does not have a recommended pesticide for growers. Cary Giguere, a program manager for the Agency of Agriculture, says product recommendations would be left up to his department.
He says if growers tell them they’re being pressured by pests, they’ll come up with a list. He’ll be looking for help from other states that have already passed legalized pot.
“We’re going to rely heavily on a lot of the work California is doing with regard to on the risk assessments and health effects of the pesticides used on cannabis,” Giguere said.
Giguere says it’s important to use pesticides that don’t leave a residue so the pot doesn’t become toxic when used and so runoff doesn’t contaminate our water. But, since only a few