As legal weed keeps flooding the market place, most people are on the train of thought that we ought to try to make it more pure. New regulations and requirements have led markets in many legal or medically legal states to lean toward less junk in their cannabis. Less pesticides, less heavy metals, less fungi and bacteria, getting closer and closer to the perfect pure dank nugget.
So it’s surprising that some revolutionaries in Colorado are suggesting we go in the exact opposite direction and mandate by law that growers add chemicals to their cannabis.
The new technology is being developed by the state’s Institute for Cannabis Research at the Colorado State University-Pueblo. The purpose of adding artificial chemicals to your herb is to help keep tabs on plants in the state’s seed-to-sale cannabis-tracking system.
According to the Denver Post, which reported the story, the additive would “monitor where a marijuana plant was grown and where it ends up.”
The Institute for Cannabis Research has a weird relationship with the state government, Though it was created and funded partially by the state to help develop systems for tracking cannabis, it isn’t really ruled by the state.
That explains why the bill which would have mandated adding these chemicals to cannabis product was rejected (twice) by the state legislature, but the Institute is going ahead with its research anyway.
Not surprisingly, everybody in the cannabis industry isn’t thrilled about the idea. And many think they smell something fishy: the institute pursuing research that would be used for private gains more so than the public good.
“Colorado already has a robust seed-to-sale system for tracking cannabis,” said Peter Marcus, spokesman for the Boulder-based pot shop chain Terrapin Care Station. Colorado indeed does already have a system called Metrc, which tracks cannabis plants by tagging them with a barcode.
“There is no need to risk consumer health and safety by spraying cannabis with an unknown substance for a tracking technology that won’t ever gain traction,” Marcus said. “This is why the Colorado Legislature twice rejected proposals to use taxpayer dollars to fund private research for a cannabis technology that will never be practical.”