PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Marijuana growers have won a victory in the Oregon Court of Appeals.
The judges ruled on Friday to temporarily block a testing requirement for a mold called aspergillus.
The growers argued Oregon’s zero-tolerance rule on aspergillus threatened to put them out of business.
The appeals court found the state didn’t consider less restrictive alternatives and is halting the requirement while the lawsuit continues.
As a result of this decision, Oregon cannabis farmer Myron Chadowitz and his lawyer Kevin Jacoby say several cannabis growers won’t have to shutter their doors.
“I wanna say thank you to the state of Oregon for recognizing that something wasn’t done in the correct way and allowing us to go around the correct way to get it adjusted,” he said.
This pause on the aspergillus testing law goes into effect immediately, and it is no longer required as compliance for cannabis farmers for the foreseeable future.
“The biggest impact is that what everybody was worried about was the outdoor harvest that is gonna start coming down this fall is not gonna be impacted by this rule,” Jacoby said.
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