420 with CNW – California Plans to Issue Marijuana Organic Certification to Boost Profits

July 13, 2020 03:25:08

Federal prohibition has been a thorn in cannabis’ side for a long time. And even as tens of states move to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, it remains illegal at the federal level and this has held the industry back in many ways. For instance, state-legal cannabis cannot be considered ‘organic’, a title bestowed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, even if the growers maintained the purported ‘organic’ standards while growing the crop. However, regulators in California, the largest legal cannabis market in the world, have unveiled proposed regulations for a program that would equal the federally bestowed ‘organic’ status.

Draft regulation for the OCal Program, a statewide certification program, was released in early May, with a public comment period open until July 7. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (“CDFA”), the program…


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