Organic Standards are regulated federally but because of illegality at a Federal level for marijuana CO has decided to take the issue into its own hands
The bill has its first hearing Friday in the state House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee. The measure, HB16-1079, doesn’t specify what growers would have to do to get the certification, it instead directs the state’s agricultural department to get a third party to draft the regulations. The bill also doesn’t say which pesticides would be off-limits for organic growers.
Consumer confusion over organic marijuana in Colorado’s recreational sales era peaked when Denver health authorities seized thousands of marijuana plants from growers suspected of using off-limits chemicals on their plants.
Most of the plants were ultimately released, but some were sold with names that suggested the products were natural or organic.
“That misleads people,” said Larisa Bolivar, head of the Cannabis Consumers Coalition. “We don’t want to wait for someone to get sick. You need to know that when something says organic, it’s organic.”
Colorado is likely just the first state to tighten the rules for advertising marijuana products as organic, said Chris Lindsey, legislative analyst for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project.
“This is not exactly a movement, but it’s not too much of a stretch to say we’re headed that way,” he said.
The only other pot state to even mention organic certification is California, which last year adopted a regulation requiring organic certification for marijuana products by 2020, if permitted under federal law.
So far federal authorities that have weighed in on state marijuana experiments haven’t mentioned accurate labeling standards, though a 2013 memo from the Department of Justice warned states that federal authorities want “strong and effective” regulations.
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