5 May 2016
The bill that was rejected in a legislative committee Tuesday would have created a first-of-its-kind label for marijuana that had been produced without pesticides.
The proposal failed 4-3 in a Senate committee. Some lawmakers said the labels could wrongly imply that marijuana is harmless.
“It will mislead people to thinking marijuana doesn’t have any health effects, that it’s OK,” said Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder. “It kind of puts a stamp of approval on it.”
The sponsor of the measure scoffed at the suggestion.
“Does that label mean there are no health effects? That’s it’s healthy, it’s wholesome?” asked Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver. “I don’t think anyone is going to be under any false illusions.”
Other lawmakers worried that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would penalize state agriculture regulators for labeling pot as organic. The bill called for state regulators to come up with the exact rules for getting organic labels.
Also a report at Colorado Public Radio