Cannabis - Wa State - SAVE THE TASTE - Say NO To High Butane Levels
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The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board recently published proposed rule changes that will allow much higher levels of residual solvents. Butane levels, for example, WILL RAISE from 500 ppm to 5,000 ppm.
Why do we care?
We know it from the medical market (now closed dispensaries), when concentrate levels of residual solvents were unregulated. Do you remember the terrible tasting oil that was full of butane? You said you would never smoke any BHO again! But ... it got better! The new I-502 regulations made a positive change into that direction. Now a good concentrate averages about 50 ppm and those in the upper range of state set limits (500 ppm) do not always taste the best. Imagine 5,000 ppm!
Why would we take a step back?
All of the concentrates lovers will be affected by that change!
If we allow this to happen, we are afraid that quality of concentrates will go down dramatically. It may bring a bad taste not only in your mouth but also the industry.
Why is it happening?
The new levels are borrowed from USP 467 (United States Pharmacopeia), they are considered to be safe and are used for supplements and pharmaceuticals. Those levels have been adopted by other states, such as Colorado. It raised a big discussion about health issues and not having enough research but THERE WAS NO ACTION TAKEN TO STOP PROPOSED CHANGES.
Are there any supplements and pharmaceuticals that can be smoked?
Some of the solvents that are necessary in the process of making medicine are not even a part of cannabis extraction process. Let's keep cannabis natural and out of this pharmaceutical world!
Higher but legal level of residual solvents will most likely cause careless extraction methods.
We can make a change!
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is open for public opinion. Our concerns will be brought forth during the rule changes process, so we need to make sure our voice is heard. We are collecting signatures to show that quality, safety and methods of extraction matter, not only to consumers but to everyone touched by the industry.
PLEASE, SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU WOULD LIKE LEVELS OF RESIDUAL SOLVENTS TO REMAIN WITHOUT CHANGES.
We need to collect as many signatures as possible by May 3, 2017 when the Public Hearing will take place at 10:00 am at Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board – Board Room 3000 Pacific Ave. S.E, Olympia, WA.
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