The Cannabis Certification Council is a non-profit organization committed to consumer and industry education in support of sustainable, clean cannabis production.
The CCC has recently announced the launch of the Organically Grown standard which is expected to be published in late 2020. The following is an overview of standards and clean cannabis certifications currently available to the cannabis industry, most specifically marijuana.
Currently cannabis is classified as a Schedule 1 substance under Federal Regulations. While hemp has now been exempted, the classification means marijuana cannot be regulated under Federal Organic standards which creates a “wild west” effect for the cannabis industry in terms of claims around products and production style.
While consumers can feel protected and offered a choice when going to the grocery store and purchasing “organic” and “non-GMO” items the same choice is not currently available in dispensaries and via delivery services.
If cannabis was deemed completely legal under Federal guidelines farmers could be eligible for organic certification under the USDA National Organic Program. These standards would help consumers have more clarity about the cannabis they are consuming being ensured that growers are meeting USDA guidelines for organic growing practices.
It is important to note that under USDA guidelines being certified as “organic” does not mean that pesticides are not used in production.Instead, there are limits created to use only organic pesticides and strictly according to their label restrictions.
States are implementing some regulations and testing requirements to protect consumers from harmful chemicals and pesticides such as the new heavy metals regulations passed in CO in 2019. There are also guidelines for how and when the allowed pesticides can be used on the plant. However, some measures have been taken and many states still have significant gaps in standards surrounding quality assurance and quality control and most adult-use states don’t test for many of the pesticides they ban. Massachusetts doesn’t allow any pesticides however there are only two certified labs in the state and it’s not clear how effective the prohibition is in the market.
Several organizations have taken it upon themselves to create cannabis standards and certifications in order to increase consumer safety and protection.
Below is information on three clean cannabis certifications currently available to marijuana cultivators across the country. While they each have their pros and cons, each feature important elements that consumers value and that the Council is committed to support.
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Clean Cannabis Certifications
Clean Green Certified
Clean Green Certification has been around since 2004 and is advertised on their website as the “closest thing you can get to organic.” It is also the number one cannabis certifier (in terms of amount of growers and product certified) nationwide for cultivators using sustainable, organic, and natural practices. Cultivators and processors/handlers are eligible to apply for the certification.
Applications go through a three step certification process including: a legal compliance review, a review of how the cannabis was grown, and a standard agricultural crop inspection.
Recipients are also subject to yearly reviews and third-party laboratory testing.
Kind Certified, offers another organic like certification. . This certification follows rules similar to USDA Organic and includes additional requirements for fair labor standards and rules to address environmental issues. Kind Certified also has a “Big Green List” of allowed growing materials under the certification. The certification conducts an in-house review of the allowed materials to ensure they are meeting accepted organic standards.
Sun + Earth
Sun + Earth is a new regenerative organic cannabis certification that was underwritten by the good people at Dr. Bronner’s soap and their cannabis brand Brother Dave’s focusing on the three pillars: earth care and cultivation, human empowerment, and community engagement.
This certification focuses on supporting farmers and cannabis brands who are holistically responsible, and regeneratively grown for the well- being of all people, farmers, and the planet. They have set a standard that is beyond organic offering a certification to those who oppose harmful practices to Mother Earth. #KeepCannabisGood is their slogan.
For consumers looking to find reputable sources of cannabis products they should always take the time to do their research before stepping in a dispensary and should look for products that support their personal beliefs.
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