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The Clean Green program regulates cannabis products that wish to be labeled as organic. They help farms & products obtain certification based on the USDA National Organic program.
If you are Looking for an Organic Dispensary, you are Looking for Clean Green Certification
The Clean Green Certified Program was created in 2004 to regulate legal cannabis products labeled as “organic”. It developed a program to help farmers and products obtain organic certification based on the USDA National Organic Program.
They’re the longest-running cannabis certifications program in the world, and they’re recognized globally. They have been working in USDA National Organic Program for over 10 years. There are no other certification programs that have the agricultural experience that we bring to our members. Clean Green growers and processors have won more awards worldwide than any other cannabis certification organization. Clean Green certified helps farms, processors, and products continue to win and place at competitions, continuing the legacy started in 2004. Additionally, they have represented organic producers and processors since 2018, helping to guide them through the complex realm of organic law and regulations.
More From Clean Green About What it Takes to Become Clean Green Certified
1. EXPERT MATERIALS REVIEW
The Clean Green Certified program is based on existing USDA National Organic Program standards and International Standards for organic products. We take our lead on these widely accepted gold standard standards.
2. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
You will need to decide whether you are a grower, a processor, a handler making products, an outlet, or a service provider supporting the organic cannabis industry
3. CERTIFICATION PROCESS
After reviewing your inputs and procedures, and confirming you are a licensed business in your state, we perform an inspection. A successful inspection results in a certificate & a digital logo being issued.
This section allows growers to openly and confidentially share their compliance issues or concerns regarding their operations with an attorney. Each farmer has their own set of questions and concerns, and this is a comfortable way to honestly discuss them. Spending money in compliance is always cheaper than spending money in defense.
A thorough review of the record-keeping system of your Clean Green business. The inspection will involve a mock recall exercise that will prove the facility’s ability to keep track of clean green cannabis and protect it from contaminants. Your facility will be notified if it has passed inspection within two to four weeks after the on-site inspection. Your certificate is valid for one year starting from the date it was issued.
To become certified, you must fill out an application detailing how the crop is grown. Questions address topics such as the source of water and electricity; soil erosion protection; border areas (are they naturally vegetated or are they next to an area where pesticides are used); pest/weed/drought control; etc. After the application is completed, an inspection is scheduled. During the inspection, it is confirmed that the methods the farmers stated in the application were indeed the methods they were using on-site. There is a thorough analysis of all of the inputs used by the grower: fertilizers, pest controls, potting soils, and so on. Using clean, sustainable practices doesn’t mean you can’t use any nutrients or pesticides in your garden. There are many inputs allowed under our Clean Green Certified program, and we will help you source them if needed.
The next part of the program looks at the growing plants themselves. Here, the plants are examined for any signs of pests, diseases, or other agricultural problems, and samples are collected and sent to labs to be tested for pesticides and other contaminants. The plants are inspected for any excess wind-borne dust, soil, or manure. The growing area is monitored for soil erosion and borders where beneficial insects and birds help to keep pest populations in balance. This section of the program looks at how well the plants are doing overall and how they’re performing in their growing area. The processing room or facility is observed and discussed regarding the need for a chemical-free processing facility for chemically clean products. Crop contamination is most likely to occur in processing areas because the entire crop is being processed in a smaller space.
How do consumers and our environment benefit from using these products?
Organic foods have been popular for both environmental and personal reasons for a long time.
Many consumers look for a “certified organic” label as an assurance that the grower or processor follows strict guidelines, rejects certain pesticides and genetically engineered products, and takes energy, resource conservation, and other environmental issues into consideration. When consumers see the USDA organic or USDA certified organic labels, they know that the organic growing standards have been followed.
None of these labels can be used for products containing more than 0.03% THC. Federal law doesn’t recognize cannabis as a legal plant because of its current status under the controlled substances act.
There are some cannabis products on the market labeled “organic,” but this label can be misleading and meaningless. This is where the clean green certification comes in. It certifies cannabis products according to USDA-certified organic production standards and guarantees that organic farming methods have been used.
Consumers can be assured that their cannabis purchase has not been grown using pesticides or herbicides that harm birds or insects or that pollute the air.