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?

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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?

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Some pesticides cannot be used in cannabis cultivation. They include:

What if I have pesticide questions?

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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 grow?

Qualified Applicator card issued by DPR

Most cannabis growers are not required to become licensed pesticide applicators. However, some exceptions apply.

For information on getting licensed, please contact Alexis Arenz at (916) 324-2451.

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For more information, please contact:
Rachel Kubiak, Cannabis Program Supervisor
Phone: (916) 445-5010
E-mail: Rachel.Kubiak@cdpr.ca.gov