To Licensed Producers of Marijuana for Medical Purposes
The purpose of this information bulletin is to advise licensed producers that there are strict requirements that must be followed if pesticides are used to treat marijuana cultivated under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).
As stated in section 54 of the MMPR, marijuana must not be treated—before, during or after the drying process—with a pest control product unless the product is registered for use on marijuana under the Pest Control Products Act or is otherwise authorized for use under that Act.
As of May 12, 2015, there are seven registered pesticides approved by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency for use on cannabis (marijuana) that is produced commercially indoors. They are:
Information and labels for these pesticides is available on the Pesticides and Pest Management section of the PMRA website.
Section 52(1) of the MMPR prohibits a licensed producer from selling or providing dried marijuana unless the Good Production Practices set forth in Division 4 of the MMPR have been met. This includes the requirements for use of pesticides.
In the event that an unregistered pesticide is used on marijuana plants that are intended for sale or provision, Health Canada will require licensed producers to destroy the marijuana plants and/or dried marijuana, and/or proceed with a recall if the product has already been sold.