Huge Turnout at Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board QC Testing Hearing

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<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE – On Nov. 18, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) heard public comments on its most recent Proposed Rules for Quality Control Testing and Product Requirements. These rules would increase flower lot size from 5 lbs to 10 lbs and require each lot as well as concentrates be tested for pesticides starting Aug. 1, 2021, and would add heavy metal testing requirements Jan. 31, 2022.Casey Scaufler, WSLCB Rule Coordinator, indicated that the WSLCB had received hundreds of written comments. More than 47 individuals signed up to testify at Wednesday’s virtual public hearing, the largest turnout the WSLCB has seen since shifting all meetings online in March of 2020 following guidance issued in the Governor’s Proclamation 20-28 (Open Public Meetings act and Public Records Act).Those offering verbal comment were universally opposed to the proposed rules as written. Many farmers called attention to the rules’ continued reliance on self selection of samples for testing and the problem of using an honor-based system to catch bad actors.Many of the farmers in attendance identified as members of Washington Sungrowers Industry Association (WSIA), a non-profit trade association dedicated to supporting sustainably farmed sungrown cannabis by encouraging positive environmental and economic policy through advocacy, education, and research who had encouraged farmers to attend and comment at Wednesday’s hearing.  Micah Sherman of Raven Grass was first to testify on behalf of his craft cannabis farm. He highlighted the reality that these rules would cost smaller farmers more money to comply with than large producers. He suggested that, "We need an approach to testing at the broad farm level combined with random testing of finished products in stores and at farms."Jade Stefano of Puffin Farm explained that her business was Clean Green Certified as well as Sun and Earth Certified and…

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