A new bill proposed in the Colorado state legislature would require cannabis retailers to make clear to consumers whether their product was produced without pesticides.
Under the proposed bill, HB16-1079, the Colorado Department of Agriculture would be required to institute a program in which those selling cannabis would have to make clear, through special labeling, which products were produced using pesticides.
The proposed law has been met with caution and trepidation by owners of area businesses.
“I’m all for a certification that ensures to consumers that the final product they’ve purchased truly is pesticide-free,”
said Devin Liles, cultivator at The Farm in Boulder, to The Denver Post. “As (the bill) is written, it runs the risk of perpetuating the common misconception that organic is synonymous with pesticide-free…There are organic pesticides that are comprised of essential oils that are perfectly safe to use, not necessarily in the (cannabis) flower development.”
Colorado, which remains one of only a handful of states to fully legalize recreational cannabis, has seen the industry boom in the past several years: According to the state’s Department of Revenue, the state is likely to have raised over $900 million from the sale of medical and recreational cannabis in 2015.