Colorado AG Investigating ‘Organic’ MJ Companies

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Some marijuana companies may want to reconsider using the word “organic” on their labels if they don’t want to draw undue attention from law enforcement.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is reportedly looking into whether or not some cannabis businesses have violated state law after consumers complained about being misled by such labels, according to a story Wednesday by the Denver Post.

We’re looking for information inside those complaints to make a determination on what those next steps are,” a spokesman for Coffman’s office told the Post. “Is it consumer fraud? Is it criminal?

One commercial grower, Organic Greens, was caught up in a pesticide controversy earlier this year after surfaced that the cultivator had used at least one pesticide in growing that could prove toxic to consumers.

The term “organic” is also technically a legal categorization, certified by the federal government for products that are made via certain practices. Because cannabis is still federally illegal, it may also then be illegal for marijuana companies to use the term, regardless of how their plants are grown.

Coffman’s office decline to specify which companies are being investigated. The Post found that 29 Colorado marijuana companies use the word “organic” in some fashion, including growers, dispensaries and rec shops.