The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) was mandated by state law to develop a program for manufactured cannabis products that is comparable to the National Organic Program and California Organic Food and Farming Act. The term “organic” is a designation reserved by the United States Department of Agriculture for products that are certified as organic, per the standards of the National Organic Program. Because cannabis is illegal under federal law, cannabis operations cannot be certified organic under the National Organic Program, therefore the word organic cannot be used to refer to cannabis grown or manufactured in California.
California’s OCal Program establishes and enforces comparable-to-organic cannabis standards. 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. The OCal Program responsibilities are shared by CDPH and The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).
If you would like to file a complaint regarding a manufactured OCal cannabis product, please visit the FDB Complaints Webpage for more information.