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Recreational marijuana might be legal in Oregon, but it might also be contaminated

Last week, Oregon became the third state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But before anyone considers this a win for the cannabis world, smokers in the Beaver State might actually have to start being more vigilant about where they purchase their weed.

Noelle Crombie of The Oregonian recently published an article after finding traces of pesticides in ten marijuana samples that were tested. Some of those samples were even labeled “organic.” According to scientists, many pesticides used on marijuana are not even recognized in the laws to approve the plant as pesticide-free.

Although no illnesses or deaths have been directly linked to smoking marijuana with pesticides, the changing landscape of recreational pot is raising questions on how to regulate the actual growth process. As marijuana is not currently considered a crop, but a schedule 1 drug, the regulation falls to state governments.

Should the federal government step in to protect smokers from the chance effects of contaminated cannabis?

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