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A cannabis farmer in North Central Washington had been shut down due to issues dealing with pesticides in in his product.

State regulators stopped the operations by Terry Talor in April after unacceptable levels of chemicals linked to the banned pesticide DDT were found. The pesticide had been used heavily in the area's former fruit orchards and remained in the soil. Recently, the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board lifted the holds on affected businesses, which are now working with state support to address the pesticide residue and rebuild their brands. Out of precaution, the board will increase pesticide testing for cannabis in the region.

Taylor, who operates licensed cannabis producer-processors, Okanogan Gold, and Kibble Junction, hasn't sold any product since April, leading to significant financial strain.

Pesticides in cannabis are a concern for regulators and consumers in legal pot states across the country, especially since the plant is often smoked or concentrated, potentially intensifying pesticide levels.

The source of contamination remains unclear, but Washington lawmakers allocated funds to help growers remediate their soil and study the absorption of toxins by marijuana plants. They aim to ensure a safe product without harming local farmers' livelihoods.

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