Avocado farmers in Carpinteria neighboring cannabis growers are facing serious pest control issues this season.
May is usually the month that many avocado farmers spray their trees with pesticides - both organic and synthetic. But this year, the companies that apply those pest controls refused to do so. They worry that if there is any unintended drift onto a cannabis crop, the applicators will be subject to lawsuits from cannabis growers.
Because of their medicinal characteristics, cannabis crops are subject to more regulation than more traditional food crops and even minute amounts of contamination could be a problem.