PESTICIDE TESTING FOR POT IS A COMPLICATED THING. IKE’S OK MAKES IT SIMPLE.
✔️ Monthly random testing
✔️ Results published on ikes.com/ok
✔️ Ike’s funded and enforced
What is Ike’s OK?
Every month, five products randomly selected from our shelves are sent to labs for PESTICIDE, HEAVY METAL, and MICROBIAL testing. The program is paid for by Uncle Ike’s, but administered by cannabis consumer safety advocate Jim MacRae and journalist Tobias Coughlin-Bogue, to ensure that it’s fair and impartial.
What’s the risk?
With pesticides, no one is quite sure. Because pot is federally illegal, the EPA has never set standards for safe pesticide use on pot. In lieu of that, Washington State did set “action levels” to help sort out how much is too much of a pesticide. However, while a lot of the pesticides we’re looking at are safe to eat, we’ve never studied what happens when you smoke them. Confidence Analytics has a nice rundown of a few of the most commonly found “bad” pesticides on cannabis, if you want to know more.
Heavy metals are pretty obviously bad for you to be inhaling, and the state has set action levels for those as well.
Doesn’t the state provide testing now?
The state currently performs pesticide tests for up to 75 products per month across the state of Washington. 30% fail, yet there have only been 6 recalls since 2014. At Confidence Analytics, where producers voluntarily submit products for testing, 20% of products still fail. It seems clear that products with troubling levels of pesticides on them are making it to store shelves.
What happens if a product fails Ike’s OK?
• Failed product is pulled from the sales floor
• Another strain is tested
• If that product fails, all products from the vendor are pulled
• Vendor must provide clean testing results for all products for 6 months at their own expense
If a company’s product fails, can I still trust products from them?
YES! One failed test doesn’t mean a producer is guilty of any wrongdoing. We work hard to source products from professional, reputable growers and processors, and we stand behind all the vendors we have on our shelves. The process we’ve developed for testing also escalates consequences quickly after one failed test, so products with pesticides or heavy metals above the state’s action levels will quickly be removed from shelves. If we’re still selling a product, even if it’s from a producer who had a different product fail, we stand by it.
What do I do if I bought something that failed?
Return it! Uncle Ike’s will issue refunds for all failed products, however, they must be returned with their original packaging and to the Ike’s location where it was purchased.