PORTLAND, Ore. -- The citizen committee that advises Oregon's medical marijuana program has recommended adopting the plant-inspection standards used for organic certification.
The committee's recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority will help shape the state's new dispensary program, effective in March.
The call for organic pot is out of concern for patients with immune system deficiencies who could be affected by pesticides, mold and fungi.
Plant inspection is expected to be a complicated part of the new law, since the state is creating a model from scratch.
The law will allow growers to be reimbursed by dispensaries, which will then charge patients.
Supporters say the market will set appropriate prices for growers' labor and other costs.
Opponents say the reimbursements will allow growers to set their own prices, leading to abuse.