Which Pesticides Can I Use on Cannabis in California?
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The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) develops guidelines for the use of pesticides in cannabis cultivation.
What is okay to use?
No pesticide product is federally registered for use on cannabis. There are however, pesticide products that can be legally used on cannabis in California, provided they meet certain criteria.
What is not okay to use?
Pesticides that do not meet the legal pesticide use criteria above cannot be used on cannabis.
What if I have pesticide questions?
The county agricultural commissioner (CAC) is responsible for regulating pesticides in your county. You should contact your CAC with pesticide-related questions.
Do I need a license to apply pesticides at my own cultivation?
Most cannabis growers are not required to become licensed pesticide applicators. However, some exceptions apply.
For information on getting licensed, please contact Scott Thomsen at (916) 603-7793.
Pesticide safety poster for cannabis growers
For more information, please contact:
Rachel Kubiak, Cannabis Program Supervisor
Phone: (916) 445-5010