MJ Biz reports…

The state is forming a Marijuana Odor Task Force and seeking an outside expert to advise regulators on the possible impact of cannabis odors on human health.

Mainstream agricultural businesses, including livestock and poultry producers, have long dealt with public complaints over odor.

The odor task force’s creation comes at a time when Washington cannabis businesses already are chafing under heavy regulations. And many are unlikely to welcome more.

“Unfortunately I think it’s necessary to address all the public outcry,” said Shawn Wagenseller, CEO of Arlington-based cannabis cultivator WA Bud Co. “But I believe the complaints are coming from a very small percentage of opponents to cannabis.”

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Washington state’s new Marijuana Odor Task Force to tackle issue confronting broader MJ industry