Current Arizona statutes do not require medical marijuana dispensaries or caregivers to test marijuana for toxins, such as pesticides, herbicides, and molds. Dispensaries are only required to include information on labels of what chemicals may be in or used to grow their marijuana.
Arizona marijuana legalization supporters are pushing for testing because of the many recalls on marijuana products in Colorado due to the presence of toxins. Chairman of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in Arizona, JP Holyoak, tells Tucson News Now that, “Wouldn’t we rather have something that’s tested and we know it’s a safe product and isn’t laced with any other materials?”
Holyoak goes on to say, “They’re using regulation to make sure the consumers are receiving a safe product. We don’t have that in Arizona today. We don’t have that on the streets today.”
As Arizona prepares to vote for recreational marijuana legalization in November 2016, this issue remains prominent. Colorado bans the use of some pesticides. This is a measure that supporters also want to see put in place in Arizona to ensure that medical and recreational marijuana users obtain a safe product.
Gordie Bufton, a sober coach and author, agrees that testing should be completed on marijuana products. He says that “it is common for manufacturers to use pesticides to protect their crops, but he is concerned about their effects.” He went on to say, “Do you treat the pot, but with what you’re treating it, you don’t know how it’s going to affect you when individuals smoke it?”
The ballot measure for Arizona recreational marijuana legalization does include language that would require testing of all shelf products at dispensaries.