Last week officials in Oregon issued the state’s first-ever “health alert” for tainted marijuana. The alert covered two strains sold at a dispensary in McMinnville that tested rather high for a pesticide known as spinosad.
The so-called "action level" for spinosad is 0.2 parts per million. Green Leaf Lab of Portland detected 42 parts per million on samples of a strain called Dr. Jack and 22 parts per million on another strain called Marion Berry, both sold by New Leaf, a medical marijuana dispensary on Northeast Riverside Drive in McMinnville.
Between October 15th and 17th about 130 people bought the dried flowers of those strains from the dispensary. The alert reflects new rules instituted by the Oregon Health Authority.
Sadly many growers, even experienced ones, still cultivate sub-standard cannabis. That might have worked in the world of prohibition, but it’s not something that is going to fly in the realm of legal marijuana.
Out of this the best growers will emerge, those who are able to adapt and step up their game to meet the standards set by real, professional competition. The worst cultivators will be driven out of business, sent on a search to find something they are better at than growing.
In the end, that process will benefit the consumer, who will have access to better quality marijuana. And better quality marijuana is just one of the many positive side effects of cannabis legalization.
And it seems that authorities in Oregon are poised to lead the way when it comes to testing and standards, which can benefit other states by showing them how these things can be accomplished.
The future is bright for the cannabis industry and the consumers who support it.