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US (CA): Rules for 'organic' cannabis certification proposed

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released the proposed regulations today for the OCal Program, a statewide certification program that will establish and enforce comparable-to-organic cannabis standards.

The proposed rules can be found here.

The release of these regulations marks the official start of the public comment period provided under California law. All interested parties are encouraged to submit comments about the proposed cannabis regulations by Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

The OCal Program will ensure that cannabis products bearing the OCal seal have been certified to consistent, uniform standards comparable to the National Organic Program.

Per Business and Professions Code Section 26062(a)(1), CDFA is required to establish a certification program for cannabis that is comparable to the National Organic Program and the California Organic Food and Farming Act by January 1, 2021. CDFA proposes adoption of Chapter 3, within Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations, to establish the OCal Program for cannabis.

Comments on the proposed regulations may be submitted until July 7, 2020, via email to or by mail. 

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