New OR Testing Rules: Too Stringent?

Lawmakers in Oregon hope that new rules for testing marijuana will prevent mold, pesticides and mildew from being ingested or smoked by patients with weak immune systems.

But marijuana growers and horticulturalists there worry that the testing standards could be too stringent. The current standards prohibit the use of some pesticides that are allowed in traditional organic farming, and they only allow tiny amounts of mold and mildew.

Todd Dalotto, a horticulture researcher, said he is concerned that the only forms of marijuana that will meet the standards are synthetic forms of THC found in prescription drugs.

Oregon’s Health Authority had previously agreed to use a compendium of scientific information about marijuana produced by the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia as a guide for its testing standards. But the latest version of Oregon’s rules is instead based on the U.S. Pharmacopeia, which is used to regulate synthetic pharmaceutical drugs, which are highly refined.

Under the new rules, labs will test for four broad categories of pesticides, replacing the old version which included 20 specific pesticides. The broad test would eliminate the use of pesticides commonly used by growers.

Not everyone opposes the testing, however. Rowshan Reordan, owner of the Green Leaf Lab in Portland, said the new protocols allows for cost-effective testing.

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10 comments on “New OR Testing Rules: Too Stringent?
  1. Bill Ziese on

    I wonder what the regulations are for tobacco? can’t be too stringent, after all they add poisons. Tobacco is used by people with weak immune systems.

  2. jim on

    Just remember big business has used “over the top” rules to limit competition for years, We don’t want to hand this industry over to the corporate giants that will monopolize and control us. Common sense should rule. we don’t need to hand our medicine over to greed driven extremist. I kill and prevent mold with a simple spray of garlic with a drop of organic soap per quart. It’s cheap and effective and this has saved me several times. I now apply every 2 weeks to feed and prevent mold.

  3. Ken on

    Isn’t mold and meldew killed when cannibus is either smoked or processed when decarboxylating for making meds due to the high temperatures and time involved? Pesticides are just plain stupid if you plan on eating or otherwise injesting ANYTHING.

  4. Bill Ziese on

    It’s not a question of killing mould and mildew (although some species can “infect” man), it’s the toxins they can produce which may be harmful. 40 years ago I got busted with one gram of hashish. It had a mould growing on it. By the time the lab got around to testing it, it came up negative. So mould possibly destroyed the actives.

  5. bongstar420 on

    The USP standard is 20 cfu per gram. People in hospitals are exposed to greater amounts in the air. This rule will not do anything but limit products on the shelf to hash oils and edibles since it is highly unlikely for flowers to meet that standard. I am poor, but I could fairly easily produce USP standard extracts and edibles. This is not big pharma’s arm twisting to limit competition.

    In any case, the issue with the molds and what not is the toxins produced by growth not CFU though CFU can be in some limited cases.

    My worries are that flowers are the only real way to differentiate as a grower and that the market demand is %80 flowers. If flowers arn’t on the shelf, the black market will supply (which would be antithetical to the dispensary rule in the first place). Hash oil and edibles probably wouldn’t replace flowers by more than lets say %20.

    Anyways, I talked to Todd two days ago. According to him, word on the grape vine is that reestablishment of American Herbal Pharmacopeia standard for flowers is imminent. BTW, it was very nice of him to tell me that since I have no business with him.

  6. Bill Ziese on

    CFUs are Colony Forming Units – a count of microorganisms expressed as CFUs per gram. I believe 20 CFUs would be acceptable for some organisms. The higher the number, the more “infected” it is. Some organism are very dangerous and need to have low or no tolerances.

  7. real grower on

    The reality is that all the big commercial growers will have to go to the black market with their moldy,buggy outdoor. Any horticulturist knows the more plants the more problems that’s why you have mold because you pack as many as you can in a small space and it can’t breath. you have bugs because you let them get out of controll. we don’t want your cash cropper mexi. we want that fire, that good, that kush

  8. real grower on

    The point is If you can’t grow clean flowers without mold and pesticides than it doesn’t belong in the clubs, and i wouldn’t quit my day job if i was you. my products pass these tests with flying colors. so why should i lower my standard because other people can’t do it right.

  9. Martha on

    thank God Todd is correcting the situation to institute the herbal pharmacopeia rather than the pharmaceutical pharmacopeia. This makes perfect sense. The business would not survive without this change.

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