Oregon medical marijuana has to be tested for pesticides

Oregon medical marijuana has to be tested for pesticides

Medical marijuana sold in Oregon dispensaries has to be tested for impurities and potency under a new law.

The requirement represents the latest frontier in states’ evolving approach to regulating marijuana. Twenty states, and Washington, D.C., allow marijuana for medicinal use, but Oregon is among only a handful that require cannabis testing. Nationally, advocates have lobbied states with medical marijuana laws to mandate lab tests for a range of impurities and even potency, arguing that consumers deserve detailed information about the drug before consuming it.

Among the issues being considered: How often should marijuana be tested and who should perform the tests? Should third-party labs or the dispensaries themselves perform the tests? Should labs have to register with the state? Should those conducting the tests be required to undergo criminal background checks, similar to the ones required of dispensary owners? What standards should the labs follow? Are any levels of mold, mildew and pesticide acceptable?

Read more at OregonLive.com.