Colorado may become the first state to offer “organic” labels for its pot industry.
Colorado lawmakers are currently debating how to proceed with a bill that would create an “organic” certification program for marijuana, which is generally supported by the industry because there’s no federal standard for organic weed.
“It’s something that we need,” said Meg Sanders, CEO of Mindful, a company that grows marijuana and produces marijuana concentrates. “Because of the federal illegality, to have a state standard would be incredibly helpful.”
Some producers, however, are worried that the labeling costs, which would be passed on to them, would hurt small growers.
“I would be proud to advertise that our cannabis is organic,” said Julie Berliner, CEO of Sweet Grass Kitchen, which makes marijuana-infused sweets. “My concern lies with the cost of this certification.”
The labeling bill, which had its first hearing Friday, would direct Colorado’s agricultural department to find a third-party, such as an organic association, to draft the standards.
The third-party association would also decide which pesticides would be off-limits for organic growers and likely how much producers will be charged for the certification.
“Consumers have a right to know what they’re putting in their body,” Democratic Colorado Rep. Jonathan Singer, the bill’s sponsor, told AP.
A study prepared for lawmakers predicted that only around five percent of Colorado’s pot growers would apply for the organic labeling, which interestingly is around the same percentage of food producers.
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