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200+ pesticides to be allowed on Washington recreational marijuana

December 13, 2013 | SteveElliott

Don't even think about asking for "organic" Cannabis...

statepot-used.jpgThe Washington State Liquor Control Board, along with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, on Friday announced that more than 200 pesticides will be allowed for use in the production, processing and handling of marijuana sold in the state-licensed stores.
   
If you were expecting pesticide-free pot from the state stores, so much for that idea… and don’t even think about asking for “organic” cannabis, as there certainly won’t be any of that.
   
Is it a coincidence that the WSLCB waited until the day after their “public input” meeting to announce that state-store marijuana will have all these pesticides in it? 
   
One can only imagine what the patients who spoke that night would have had to say about that. Many of them have compromised immune systems, compromised liver function, or both — which makes it a really bad idea to ingest bug poison.
   
By the way, you’re not going to be allowed to grow your own, pesticide-free marijuana, because under I-502, no private home growing is allowed. And as the WSLCB told us again at their Nov. 13, 2013 meeting, they’re recommending that the right to grow — which Washington patients have had for 15 years now – be taken away, as well. [Editor update 12/13/13: The WSLCB is recommending patients be allowed to grow up to six plants.]
   
You see, it’s “inefficient,” they say, to have more than one place — you guessed it, THEM! — to buy your cannabis.
   
Never mind that plenty of patients won’t be able to afford state-store prices. Never mind that plenty of them don’t need to be ingesting pesticides. It’s time to make some phat pot profits, people!
   
With 25 percent taxes applied to cannabis at the growing, processing, and retail levels (yes, 75 percent tax), that marijuana, which could legally have had more than 200 pesticides used on it, will cost you pretty dearly. Estimates have run as low as $15 and as high as $50 a gram.

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