Colorado lawmakers are considering an organic-type certification for the state’s most famous crop: Marijuana.
Lawmakers and regulators have been clamping down on outside substances found in marijuana, typically pesticides and fungicides used by growers to control mildew and insect infestations. In Colorado, many growers use the description “organic” to market their products, even though they aren’t certified organic — or even necessarily produced that way.
Last year, Denver health inspectors seized thousands of marijuana plants grown by a company calling itself Organic Greens, even though the company’s owner admitted to using pesticides on his plants. Health inspectors also forced multiple recalls of pesticide-contaminated marijuana products over the past several months.
A legislative committee will hear a proposal Friday to create a new type of contaminant-free certification system for marijuana. Organic certification is generally overseen by the federal government, and since the federal government considers marijuana illegal, marijuana cannot be certified as “organic.” [Read more at USA Today]