Florida Regulators Propose Pesticide Rule

Grower/Agriculture Legislation and regulation News Pesticides State by State: Florida

The Florida Department of Health is moving forward with a proposed rule that would allow marijuana growers licensed under Florida’s medical cannabis laws to use “minimum risk pesticides” on plants.

The rule would limit growers' options for managing pests or fungus common when growing plants, while still offering some options for ensuring marijuana plants don't fall victim to crop-ruining bugs or fungus-producing diseases.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had deemed that such pesticides “pose little to no risk to human health or the environment” and has exempted them from registering under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

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