Some Federal Agencies Won’t Even Respond To Emails Including The Word Marijuana, Yergert Said.

The result was a statewide industry of plant growers and processors that grew up without regulation. That gave the Agriculture Department a much tougher job later implementing things like safety guidelines and plant sampling. Mitch Yergert, the head of Colorado’s Division of Plant Industry, urged other state agriculture departments not to stick their heads in the sand and wait for the federal government to shut down the pot industry. “You kinda gotta get your mind around it,” he said. THE FEDS WON’T HELP Agriculture regulators routinely turn to federal agencies to regulate things like pesticides and labeling. But when it comes to marijuana, those federal offices won’t help, and may even try to block a state from copying federal regulations to apply to pot. Some federal agencies won’t even respond to emails including the word “marijuana,” Yergert said. “We medical marijuana had to work around that, so we’d just email ’em saying, ‘Can we talk?'” he said. HIRE MORE PEOPLE Colorado now has 17 agriculture employees simply to regulate pot, including nine pesticide inspectors and a chemist.

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