Nick, my specific concern lies with primarily outdoor grows utilizing late season miticide sprays. I personally know of two grows (illegal) in the last three years that have applied late season sprays near harvest to control mite infestations. In only one case did I know the chemical used, it was a ag material with a 30 day pre harvest interval on ag crops! Since my sphere of contacts within the industry is rather limited, I suspect this occurs with some frequency. The other concern I have is plants treated with compost tea foliars….not a good idea from microbial residue standpoint. Great for application to the rhizosphere but not advisable to foliage IMHO.
Perhaps I’m mistaken, but without the necessity of lab certification, illegal growers are more apt to ‘push’ the limits when faced with devastating events.
Finally, how can we expect the development of legal growers to provide a quality product in the legalized market, if we continue to tolerate illegal growers whom wish to take advantage of that market without the additional cost and responsibility of licensing their grows…
From a historic perspective, I see a analogy in alcohol regulation over the years. Moonshiners prevailed early on in distilled beverages because they had always done it prior to regulatory intervention. Once legal distilleries were established they continued their trade because it ‘wasn’t fair’. Over a period of years the pressures of regulation and taxation eventually crushed them. Some of them did go legal and became profitable concerns. Keep in mind, over the years many people were sickened, blinded, or died from methanol poisoning or consumption of spirits with adulterated additives…JMHO