Oregonians Demand Clean Cannabis, Urge OHA to Keep Pesticide Standards

Oregonians don't want harmful pesticides or other contaminates on their cannabis. We don't blame them.

Oregonians Overwhelmingly Tell Regulators To Keep Current Cannabis Testing Rules
By Keith Mansur

May 20, 2017 | Oregon Health Authority (OHA) made a proposal in March to change the pesticide testing rules for recreational cannabis products. The changes they put forth would roll back requirements on flower batches and concentrates to ridiculously low levels even though concentrates and flowers have shown a contamination rate of over 25% on concentrates and 10% on simple flower samples.

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Children from Coos Bay Day Care Center Fall Ill After Pesticide Exposure

Children and staff from a Coos Bay day care center fell ill and suffered from inflamed eyes and breathing problems after exposure to a pesticide called Tempo, which was sprayed inside the facility due to a flea infestation. "The owner, Elizabeth 'Betty' Ewing, said in an interview Monday that she bought and sprayed the wrong insecticide inside her childcare center. But Ewing blamed the mistake on an employee of the Coos Bay Grange Co-op who sold her the product, saying she received the wrong chemical". The investigation is on-going.

We urge everyone, if they MUST use a pesticide, to do so cautiously and responsibly. It's important to be well informed about the pesticide that will be used, and to follow all safety recommendations. Better yet, practice preventative measures to avoid an infestation requiring pesticides in the first place. IPM (Integrated Pest Management) strategies are good to follow when dealing with pests -- which calls for pesticide use as a last resort.

Oregon day care closes as kids fall sick after insecticide exposure
By Brad Schmidt

May 16th, 2017 | A Coos Bay day care center shut down Monday in the aftermath of an insecticide-spraying incident that left at least a half-dozen children and two staff members suffering from inflamed eyes and breathing problems.

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Azure Standard Update, May 18 -- Sherman County Won't Spray Chemicals on Organic Farm

Following viral post, Sherman Co. won't spray chemicals on organic farm
By Katherine Cook

May 18, 2017 | MORO, Ore. -- A fight pitting organic against commercial farms in the Columbia River Gorge is gaining national attention.

At the center of the fight is Azure Standard, a 2,000-acre wheat farm in Moro. CEO David Stelzer, posted a now-viral message on Azure’s Facebook page saying Sherman County officials would spray Azure Standard with chemicals. A move he said would kill the farm’s certified organic status.

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Lincoln County Measure 21-177 Update, May 17

Still Too Close To Call For Lincoln County Pesticide Measure
By Rachael McDonald

May 17, 2017 | We won’t know the final vote count on a ballot measure to ban aerial pesticide spraying in Lincoln County until early June. The ordinance is currently passing with a 27 vote margin.

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Azure Standard Update, May 17 -- An Ongoing Debate About Contamination, Responsibility, and Weeds

We appreciated this well-rounded article by OPB, addressing the different sides to this story, and the ongoing arguments about crop contamination from one farm to another. We encourage you to read it through.

Weeds And Herbicides Puts An Organic Farm At Odds With Neighboring Growers In Oregon
By Courtney Flatt

May 17, 2017 | Weeds. Nobody wants them. But, lately, the subject has taken over everything in rural Sherman County — the talk around town, email servers, even the local high school gymnasium.

At issue is whether a large organic farm, Azure Standard, is letting its weeds spread onto neighboring property — and whether the government should do something about it. Neighboring farmers say the weeds have crept onto their fields, costing them time and money to control the problem.

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Lincoln County Ballot Measure 21-177 Would Ban Aerial Pesticide Spraying

The local initiative, entitled “Freedom of Lincoln County from Aerially-Sprayed Pesticides”, would ban aerial pesticide spraying in coastal Lincoln County, and will be voted on in the upcoming May 2017 election. This would be the fourth Community Rights Measure that Oregonians will have voted on.

Citizens for a Healthy County say the ordinance will:

  1. Ban aircraft application of pesticides on clearcut forest land in Lincoln County.
  2. Protect our right to choose clean drinking water.
  3. Relieve our families and properties, wildlife and watershed from pesticide drift.
  4. Allow spray by backpack or tractor for farm, home, or fishing boat applications.
  5. Establish a local bill of rights to enable people to make important decisions about what happens in our community.
  6. Affirm and protect our rights to safety guaranteed to us under the Oregon State Constitution Article 1.
  7. Safeguard our wildlife from Atrazine and 2,4-D

You can read the full text of the ordinance here: www.lincolncountycommunityrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Filed-Ordiance_Freedom-from-Aerially-Sprayed-Pesticides-Ordinance-of-Lincoln-County.pdf

Measure Would Ban Aerial Pesticide Spraying In Lincoln County
By Rachael McDonald

May 8, 2017 | Oregon voters in coastal Lincoln County are considering a ballot measure that would ban aerial spraying of pesticides and herbicides.

It’s a practice that became a concern last month for City of Depoe Bay Supervisor Brady Weidner when he found an email in his inbox. It said Hancock Timber was going to spray herbicides from helicopters on a recently logged track near the city’s reservoir within a few days. Weidmar was alarmed because that reservoir supplies water to the small coastal community.

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