It was one of those rare cases of when a problem arose that the government actually moved quickly to fix it. But in this case, if the fix was so easy, why didn’t regulators do it right in the first place? It certainly gives government haters more grist for their mill.
State regulators were so intent on getting it right the first time that they over-specified testing procedures on marijuana entering the retail and medical market. The testing was so tedious that it created a mountainous backlog of marijuana waiting to be distributed to stores. When retail supplies dried up, employees were laid off and a number of stores closed, it prompted top state health officials to jump in and stream-line the testing process. And they did it in a way they claim “will not affect the detection of pesticide residues in the products.” Who knew?
Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.