On September 15, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis board announced they would partner with the state agriculture department to randomly test cannabis sold in the state for unauthorized pesticides.
The LCB will pay for testing equipment and employees of the agriculture department will do the tests–roughly 75 samples of cannabis each month. There are 330 types of pesticides allowed.
“This new agreement will increase consumer protection in the emerging marijuana retail industry,” the Washington State agriculture department director, Derek Sandison, said in a statement.
In recent months, Colorado and Oregon have taken action against pesticide use in cannabis cultivation, and issued recalls. Traditionally, the Environmental Protection Agency provides guidance on acceptable pesticides and health risks, but cannot do so for cannabis as a result of the plant’s federal illegality. States have taken pesticide regulation into their own hands.