As Washington continues to slowly develop its recreational marijuana market, the Liquor and Cannabis Board is taking steps to standardize the pot offerings across the state – namely, by banning certain products the board deems dangerous.
This week at its meeting, the board implemented recall procedures for marijuana that its members feel is a threat to public health or safety. That threat isn't explicitly defined, but one major area of concern is the pesticides being used to treat the marijuana plants.
Though hundreds of pesticides have been approved for use on pot plants, certain agents have been banned in marijuana cultivation, including those containing:
- Chlormequat chloride
- Colloidal silver
- Vitamin hormone products
These prohibited ingredients were determined using the input of industry leaders.
In addition to creating recall procedures, the board also implemented other rules, including:
- The abolition of inventory destruction as a penalty for processors and producers who are in violation of laws or regulations. Only monetary penalties will be assessed in the future.
- The option for marijuana retailers to accept returns of opened pot product if it is in its original packaging.
- The removal of the condition of displaying an employee's birth date on his or her employee ID badge.
- The cancellation of a license for a marijuana, retailer, producer, or processor who fails to address monetary penalties for multiple violation notices within a 36-month period.
- The elimination of the rule requiring the “Mr. Yuk” stickers on labels of pot-infused liquid and solid edible products. (A new label or indicator for these products is being planned.)
Some industry leaders are also trying to come up with a “certification” sticker of sorts (much like those seen on organic foods) for marijuana products who meet certain quality standards.