Colorado Legislators Reject Organic Label for Pesticide-Free Marijuana


A Colorado Senate committee voted 4-3 not to extend organic labeling to pesticide-free pot, the Associated Press reported on May 4, 2016. Some committee members feared an organic label on marijuana grown without chemicals would be considered an endorsement of its healthiness.

Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, said, “It will mislead people to thinking marijuana doesn’t have any health effects, that it’s OK. It kind of puts a stamp of approval on it.”

However, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, said, “Does that label mean there are no health effects? That’s it’s healthy, it’s wholesome? I don’t think anyone is going to be under any false illusions.”

Ben Gelt, a member of the Organic Cannabis Association, a Denver-based organization working to establish standards for organic marijuana, considered organic labeling a practical, consumer-oriented matter.

“Cannabis consumers, or tomato consumers, or any product consumer wants to know what goes into what they’re using,” Gelt said.

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