If a ballot measure banning genetically modified organisms passes in Jackson County, enforcement of the new law could cost as much as $219,000 a year, says County Administrator Danny Jordan, according to a report in the Medford Mail Tribune. He says it could also affect everything from lawns to medical marijuana.
Common strains of grass seed and medical marijuana are genetically modified, Jordan says. Scott Miracle-Gro is modified to protect it from the weed killer Round Up. Medical marijuana is modified for a greater potency.
Another problem, says Jordan, is the county's inability to test plants, thus prompting a need to hire an independent contractor to handle the analysis.
While he says he is not advocating the passage or defeat of Ballot Measure 15-119, Jordan there are numerous language difficulties in the measure as it is currently written.