State gets tough on pesticides in Marijuana

KING 5's Jake Whittenberg reports.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and the Washington State Department of Agriculture are teaming up to get tough on marijuana producers dealing with illegal pesticides.

Currently, marijuana growers are allowed to use 330 pesticides that have been approved by the WSDA.

“This new agreement will increase consumer protection in the emerging marijuana retail industry,” said WSDA Director Derek Sandison.

While pesticides in marijuana return to the spotlight again, some retailers are taking matters in to their own hands to keep pot clean.

Origins Recreational in West Seattle has created a program that takes pesticide screening a step further. Under the brand 'Origins Certified', store owners re-test products before their sold, and work directly with the grower to ensure a higher quality. It's considered by many to be the closest thing to becoming 'organic' in the business.

"This is about educating and protecting consumers in this new industry," said Sean Miller, Origins co-owner.

Currently every marijuana grower is required to screen every strain through a state certified lab.

The price of an 'Origins Certified' product is a little higher. But Miller says it's worth it to set a higher standard in the industry.

"I think right now people are selling to the lowest common denominator, which really is the THC," he said. "Customers feel that's what should be buying, and retailers are reacting to that."

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