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Colorado Lawmakers Reject Organic Marijuana Labeling


cannabis soilOrganic marijuana is becoming more and more popular. As I always say, the average cannabis consumer is becoming more knowledgeable and sophisticated every day, and knowing what one is consuming is becoming more important. For a long time knowing what was in a person’s cannabis wasn’t an option. You simply got what you got and hoped for the best. In legal states, those days are going away, if they haven’t already.

Now in legal states consumers can purchase marijuana that has been tested to know what exactly is in the cannabis. The testing also determines what is not in the marijuana, specifically pesticides and other undesirable substances. But testing only tells a user what levels are in the cannabis, and not how the cannabis was grown. More and more consumers specifically want organic marijuana, similar to how more and more people are only eating organic foods.

But just as with organic foods, labeling marijuana as being truly organic is not as easy as some would think. The State of Colorado was trying to become the first state to come up with standard organic labeling for marijuana, but lawmakers failed to pass such a measure over perception concerns. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

A senate panel this week killed the bill 4-3. It would have made Colorado the first state in the nation to offer organic certification for cannabis grown without pesticides, the Associated Press reported.

Some lawmakers worried the label would suggest marijuana is a health product without adverse effects.

Others voiced concerns the U.S. Department of Agriculture would penalize Colorado agriculture regulators for labeling a federally illegal substance as organic. The federal government regulates organic standards.

I expect this issue to be brought up again. The demand for organic labeling isn’t going anywhere, both for food and marijuana. I find it interesting that lawmakers are willing to demand all kinds of marijuana labeling requirements in the name of public health and safety, but when it comes to labeling standards for organic cultivation practices for the purpose of increasing public health and safety, well, that’s a bad thing. It doesn’t make sense, but then again it wouldn’t be the first time that happened in the world of marijuana policy.


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  1. Closet Warrior on

    Right, but I’ve met some ass hats that had a million dollar mind and ten dollar hands. They truly could fuck up a wet dream!!! Good genetics are important but if you don’t know Jack…that’s what you’ll be doing when your other friends are harvesting killer buds and the guy w/limited knowledge will harvest much worse.

  2. Gentetics are your first criteria for good bud. Can’t get bllod out of a turnip.

  3. They’re way ahead of you!!! Clean Green Certification for Sustainable, Naturally Grown Agriculture Since 2004 (though especially cannabis) has been around well since 2004 and represents the BEST ALTERNATIVE to the word “organic” that’s presently out there. http://www.cleangreencert.com Check them out.

    Clean Green Certified is Cannabis’s Sustainable Agriculture Standard

    Sustainable agriculture is the production of food, fiber or other plant or animal products that uses farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.

    Clean Green Certified is the Only Nationally Recognized Third-Party Certification for Cannabis. The program is currently certifying cannabis farms, processors, dispensaries and retail outlets in California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

  4. This obstacle is simply semantic. There are a hundred other words/terms that can be used to describe marijuana grown without pesticides, toxic fertilizers, etc. – You could call it chemical-free, certified all natural, pure marijuana, any number of terms. – Let them keep their precious “organic” label until they grow up.

  5. What you’re tasting is more likely unflushed nutrients, or worse, pesticides that were sprayed onto the plant. They make you so sick, you come across them more often in unregulated states. Pesticides need to be banned on growing pot.

  6. The bad experience you have had with hydro grown herb is unfortunate but I grow world class, trophy winning products in hydroponics. Just won first place in the last 2 events in Michigan with “hydro pot”.

    It truly depends on the growers talents, not the medium of which he grows.

  7. Though it’s usually pretty easy to tell just by appearance, it would be good to also have labeling that includes whether the plant was grown hydroponically or not.
    That weirdly fluffy hydro stuff tastes terrible to me, and makes me cough much more.
    Plus, something about it just seems unnatural.
    It will probably not be until full legalization is nationwide, or nearly so, but I’m hoping the day will come when old landrace sativas, grown outside, in the dirt, the long slow way, finally make a comeback.
    I would pay a MAJOR premium for some good old Columbian Gold or Oaxacan, grown the old-fashioned way, just as I pay a major premium for old-vine French and Italian wines or Cuban cigars.

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