908 Devices Launches Pesticide Identification Capability to Thwart Illegal Marijuana Growing Operations
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The MX908 mass spec device from
The MX908 is a handheld mass spectrometry device that detects trace amounts of hundreds of compounds in seconds, including drugs, explosives and now eight dangerous pesticides. It is used by law enforcement, first responders, health and safety and other government organizations around the world. With the newly released Pesticide Pack software installed, the MX908 identifies pesticides quickly and accurately with minimal sample, displaying the precise name clearly on-screen.
Field detection and identification of pesticides is required in many applications due to their toxicity. This expanded MX908 capability is being leveraged first to identify the majority of toxic chemicals used in illegal marijuana growing operations on federal lands, which pose a myriad of threats to the environment, water sources, wildlife and people. These pesticides such as carbofuran, methamidophos and malathion are extremely hazardous and can pass through the food chain and linger in soil for months. Many can be absorbed directly through the skin.
“Illegal marijuana grows are responsible for environmental destruction and devastation of wilderness, but it's impossible to know the scale of these threats with the naked eye,” said
Despite marijuana being legal in 39 states for recreational or medicinal purposes, illegal marijuana growing operations on public lands continue to have a devastating impact. Pesticides and fertilizers cause irreparable damage to the environment, plus these operations often come with armed guards protecting their activity and large amounts of garbage littering the land. From just one site alone, the USFS removed 11,000 pounds of trash, 1,200 pounds of fertilizer and multiple toxic chemicals. Beyond devastation to lush, natural habitats, these illegal marijuana grows are a brewing public health threat.
The Pesticide Pack is now available to download. MX908 operators who require this capability should contact their
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