Washington Pushes For Pesticide Transparency In Retail Marijuana

WASHINGTON: For decades, buying pot off the street sometimes meant you had to take the seller’s word about the quality and origin of their product. But with some states legalizing retail marijuana sales in the U.S., there’s an opportunity for consumer safeguards and increased transparency for pot purchasers.

The Seattle Times reports that, starting this week, marijuana growers and processors in Washington state that meet new state standards [PDF] for things like labeling, safe handling, and pesticide screening, can apply to obtain an “enhanced seal of approval” from the state.

Washington does already require screening for mold and microbes, but the state isn’t mandating that companies also undertake the often-expensive process of screening for pesticides. Rather, it is hoping that the incentive of carrying that new label will be enough to make it worth their while.

 

Washington Releases Emergency Medical Cannabis Rules

WASHINGTON:  The Washington Department of Health just released emergency rules in preparation for the merging of medical marijuana into the state’s existing recreational regulatory system. When Senate Bill 5052, or the Medical Cannabis Patient Protection Act, passed, there was not enough time for officials to draft a full set of rules, particularly concerning marijuana edible products, concentrates, and testing.

The rules that may affect you or your business are as follows:

Compliance

  • “High THC compliant products” refer to a cannabis product that contains more than 10 milligrams, but no more than 50 milligrams per serving.
  • High THC compliant products may be packaged in servings of up to 50 milligrams of THC; each unit must not contain more than 10 servings, or 500 total milligrams of THC.
  • “High CBD compliant products” refer to any marijuana product that meets the following ratios:
    • Cannabis concentrates may contain no more than two percent THC and 25 times more CBD concentration by weight
    • Edible products may contain no more than two milligrams of THC and at least five times as much CBD per serving by weight for solids or volume for liquids
    • Topicals must contain at least five times more CBD than THC concentration

Testing

  • Pesticide and heavy metal testing is required for all cannabis flower.
  • The minimum sample size is three grams per three pounds.
  • Terpene analysis is not required, and the addition of synthetic or artificial terpenes to a product is prohibited.

 

5 Things To Know About Lawmakers’ Efforts On Marijuana In Washington

WASHINGTON: Medical marijuana activists feel like they have their back to the wall as the Legislature tries to rein in an unregulated system that many people believe is unfairly competing with heavily taxed recreational pot sales in Washington state. Hundreds are expected in Olympia on Thursday as lawmakers hold their first big hearing on the topic this session.

Kari Boiter, Washington state coordinator with Americans for Safe Access, says there’s been a lot of talk recently that medical dispensaries are merely fronts for black market marijuana sales, that they endanger patients with untested cannabis or that they’re taking advantage of the state by not paying taxes. But many serve people who need the medicine, voluntarily test their products and pay taxes that are applicable to them, including sales taxes.

“There are a lot of legitimate patients in this state,” Boiter said. “If lawmakers don’t believe they exist, we need to get those people in front of them. We want a regulated system for medical marijuana.”