Telisport W. Putsavage, a Principal in EnviroReg LLCSM and an environmental attorney, has been named to the recently-formed New York State Bar Association Cannabis Law Committee. Mr. Putsavage is a representative of the Environment & Energy Section, where he is on the Executive Committee and Co-Chairs the Pesticide Committee. New York instituted a Medical Marijuana Program in 2016, and as participation has grown, issues have arisen across a wide spectrum of legal matters.
Mr. Putsavage, with the assistance of Ms. Janine Gydus, also a Principal in EnviroReg, is representing one of the Registered Organizations under the New York Medical Marijuana Program with regards to the use of pesticides in the cultivation of cannabis. The cannabis from which the medical products are derived is cultivated in large commercial greenhouses, and growers face pest and disease pressure as would any such operation. Following principles of Integrated Pest Management and practices that would qualify for the National Organic Program, were the crop not cannabis, it is possible to minimize but not eliminate the use of pesticides.
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The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which forbids the expenditure of Federal funds to take any enforcement action against compliant state medical marijuana programs, has been continued in the Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by Congress and signed on February 9, 2018. The CR expires March 18, 2018, and is intended to provide a window for the drafting of an actual two-year budget.
The Amendment, originally known as Rohrabacher-Farr, has been in effect for several years. It provided the foundation which the Obama then expanded to a hands-off approach to compliant recreational programs as well. There is no guarantee that the Amendment will make it into the two-year budget. The House has been resistant, but recently support has come from Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Gardner (R-CO) to include the Amendment in repeated CRs.
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