The Cannabis Industry Association of Oregon, Southern Oregon Family Farms, and Cannessentials Farm filed suit last week to block the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) new cannabis testing requirements for Aspergillus, the Bend Bulletin reports.
The plaintiffs claim that the new testing rules — which require Oregon cannabis licensees to have their products tested for Aspergillus mold — are overreaching and harmful to the industry. The new rules took effect on March 1 and since then, many organic cannabis cultivators in the state have failed the Aspergillus testing.
“The current testing requirements are inconsistent, confusing and exorbitantly costly, leading to disastrous financial consequences for cannabis businesses across Oregon. The industry, unique and invaluable to Oregon’s culture and economy, is being pushed to the brink of financial collapse by these regulations. This situation calls for urgent intervention to ensure survival of this thriving industry.” — Oregon Cannabis Industry Association statement, via press release
Aspergillus mold can lead to a lung infection called aspergillosis in people with weakened immune systems or lung diseases, according to the report, although most people breathe in aspergillus spores every day without issue.
Plaintiffs argue the new testing requirements have led to increased costs for consumers and lowered