Much like organic food, organic marijuana is often preferred over its non-organic counterparts for more reasons than one. Whether it be for taste or overall health concerns, consumers and dispensaries in legalized states have been migrating towards more natural methods of growing marijuana, minus the genetic modifications and chemicals that have become so prevalent in mass production.
Organic Marijuana: Not Recognized By Federal Government
As the case in Colorado, organic marijuana labeling and the standards for enforcing it sought its highest development this past Friday. According to sources
, a Colorado House committee comprised of Public Health Care and Human Service officials endorsed a bill that would raise the standards of "certified" organic marijuana production from its current state of non-existence.
Due to its overall classification as an illegal substance and the fact that certified organic standards remain regulated through federal mandates, marijuana labeled "organic" hasn't been held to the same standards of quality assurance as the organic carrots or celery sticks that you buy from your local produce.
This newly proposed bill could change this uncertainty, making Colorado one of the first states along with California, to forgo legislation regulating the sale of organically derived cannabis.
Pesticide Scandals Signal Stricter Regulations
In the past, producers poised on turning a profit at the expense of a lie, could easily slap certified organic marijuana labels on their products without fear of reprimand and call it a day, even if harmful pesticides or genetically modified means were used in production. Examples of this were seen in November of last year when Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, issued an executive order
to destroy an estimated 30,000 marijuana infused products that were concocted using unapproved pesticides.
More recently, a similar order
was made against two dispensaries in Colorado accused of using a fungicide known for converting into harmful hydrogen cyanide, in their production of cannabis.
Examples such as these should come as red flags to advocates in the marijuana movement wanting integrity and transparency from an industry expected to reach $6.7 billion in 2016, according to ArcView Market Research
Colorado's Necessary Step Towards Organic Sovereignty
Just like genetically modified foods in the agricultural sector of the economy, consumers of marijuana should have the right to know what's in the products they are consuming for the sake of themselves and their families. When we allow corporations, such as Monsanto and others to decide which products the public should consume or not, our health and lives in general, take a backseat to profit, greed, and mass production.
Although specifications for organic requirements have yet to be mapped out by the proposed bill, Colorado's necessary first step towards organic sovereignty comes at a time when its needed most, where the lines of profit and integrity seemed blurred.
Similar to how their recreational marijuana industry in general is simulated by newly emerging legalized states, Colorado's organic marijuana labeling system, if proven successful, will serve as yet another example of what legalized states can accomplish that want nothing but the best for their citizens.