Marijuana testing requirements in Oregon are too tough, critics say.

Regulatory authorities in Oregon are scrambling to to put rules in place in advance of the March 3rd deadline when they will begin accepting applications for legal medical marijuana dispensaries. Some advocates, however, worry that the most recent draft of regulations for retail outlets requiring extensive testing for pesticides, mold and mildew that may be difficult to meet. According to a report in the Oregonian, the latest version of the rules prohibit pesticides commonly used on certified organic plants on medical marijuana sold in facilities, and The also significantly lower the acceptable level of mold and mildew on medical cannabis.

Todd Dalotto who served as a member of the advisory committee that helped draft the rules. Dalotto said he’s “concerned and alarmed” by the latest draft. The latest version of Oregon’ s rules are based on the U.S. Pharmacopeia, which Dalotto said applies mostly to “highly refined, purified and synthetic pharmaceutical drugs.” Its standards for mold and mildew are too stringent for cannabis, said Dalotto, who called it a “very inappropriate reference for any herbal product.”

Governor. John Kitzhaber, however, reinforced the message that patient safety was a primary goal when he signed House Bill 3460 into law last summer, First, we want to ensure overall safety of our communities through appropriate rules to license and regulate the dispensaries and second, we want to allow the patients safe access to marijuana if they are eligible for treatment under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.

http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/medical_marijuana_in_oregon_te.html

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