US (CA): Hemp farmer's accidental misuse of pesticides not the cause of health problems

Environmental regulators found no evidence that the pesticides used on an Encinitas hemp farm impacted the health of its neighboring residents, but the investigation prompted by the neighbors’ complaints did find the hemp farm operator was misusing pesticides.

San Diego County conducted the investigation after neighbors complained for months of nausea, dizziness, and respiratory problems. In the investigation, released in November, the county found hemp farm operator Cultivaris Hemp used unregistered products and maintained inadequate pesticide records. However, it also concluded that those violations were unrelated to the health complaints. The department also said these violations were uncommon.

Cultivaris Hemp CEO Josh Schneider said he was glad to have the situation largely behind him now that the investigation is over and ended in his favor. “We did the best work that we could and thought we were complying with the law at every turn,” said Schneider, who ran the hemp farm located at longtime flower farm Fox Point Farms until July. “It just seems to me that even the county report indicates that anything that happened was inadvertent.” 

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