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California’s New Comparable-to-Organic Cannabis Program

by Jen Rojas |

CCOF is now accepting applications from licensed cannabis operations in the state of California for the new OCal comparable-to-organic program.

The OCal Program is a California-only certification for cannabis, designed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for licensed cultivators and distributors and by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for licensed cannabis manufacturers. This program will implement and enforce standards for cannabis that are consistent with the National Organic Program (NOP), which governs standards for products labeled certified organic. Currently, federal laws prevent the certification and labeling of cannabis as organic under the NOP. However, the OCal program makes California the first state to establish a comparable-to-organic cannabis program. 

Curious about the certification process? Learn more about OCal certification. CCOF is working to streamline mid-year update paperwork between the organic and OCal certification programs. 

Ready to differentiate yourself with the OCal logo? Apply for the OCal program today. CCOF is now accepting applications from licensed cannabis cultivators, distributors, and manufacturers to ensure OCal-certified cannabis can be harvested and processed as soon as possible. Cannabis harvested or processed before an on-site inspection will not be eligible for OCal certification.