Organic cannabis? Is there even such a thing? Technically speaking, no there is no such product as organic cannabis. This is because only the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can certify produce as being organic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is a department of the federal government, and the federal government doesn’t consider marijuana a viable product for consumption. Therefore, no legal recreational or medical marijuana grower can be granted organic certification. That is, unless federal laws change.
The USDA’s organic seal signifies that irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides and genetically modified organisms are not used during the growing of produce. If a farm passes this test, along with the additional requirements set forth by the USDA, they can achieve the status of organic.
As a result of cannabis not qualifying for organic status from the USDA, there are private groups, such as Clean Green, who work to verify claims of cannabis properties using organic practices to grow their marijuana and can certify them as being a “green” company. So, in order for your farm to become certified, you have to do some hunting around and find an independent company to come in and certify that you are in fact using organic methods that are approved by the federal government.
After being independently certified, a company can then label their products as “green certified”. This allows for consumers to know what is in the products that they are consuming. According to Clean Green, any farm that using synthetic fertilizer, will not be eligible for certification due to the fact that by definition, using any product that is synthetic is not organic.
An additional point to consider is that any cannabis product that is labeled “organic” is breaking the law. In fact, there is a penalty of $11,000 per violation for saying a product is organic when in fact it is not. This fine can not only be imposed on the supplier, but the distributor as well. This is another reason why it is important to know what is in your product, and where it comes from.
If the federal government defines marijuana as legal, you can almost be certain that the USDA will begin to certify cannabis properties as organic.