Oregon cannabis pesticide testing has undergone a rollercoaster of changes in response to the market, stakeholders and regulators, but permanent pesticide rules are now finally in place.
On Aug. 30, 2017, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that all product batches of cannabis, both flowers and leaves, are required to be tested for pesticides.
While the state had enacted temporary regulations to reduce the testing backlog caused by a lack of labs able to conduct pesticide testing, the OLCC has determined that there is now sufficient lab capacity to expand from testing one-third of the batches in a harvest lot to testing 100% of the batches.
According to a bulletin issued on Aug. 11, “Since [October], significant changes have occurred that have increased the lab testing capacity to ensure a steady flow of product through the supply chain. Last October, fewer than five labs were accredited to test for pesticides; today there are nearly ten such labs.”
The permanent Oregon cannabis pesticide testing rules also increased the size of a batch from 10 pounds to 15 pounds.
Growers and processors should note that the new Oregon cannabis pesticide testing requirements apply to untested products collected before Aug. 30.