Clean Green Certified is the number one certifier nation-wide for cannabis cultivated using organic practices. Legally, marijuana cannot be called organic — no matter how environmentally friendly the cultivation practices used to grow it — because the term is federally regulated and the USDA does not recognize cannabis as a legitimate agricultural crop. Clean Green Certified was created in 2004 as a way to regulate legal cannabis-products that called themselves “organic.” Consumers can rest assured when they buy a Clean Green cannabis product that it was tested and found free of synthetic pesticides, fungicides, moldicides.
Modeled on national and international organic and sustainability standards, the Clean Green program requires on-site inspections and third-party lab testing. Much like the USDA National Organic Program for traditional agricultural products, the whole life cycle of the plant is considered, from seed selection to harvesting and processing, as well as soil, nutrients, pesticide use, mold treatment and dust control. Clean Green Certified also goes further than the USDA organic in some areas, requiring every operator to undergo pesticide testing every year, rather than only a small percentage of farms. Clean Green companies also must put into place a carbon footprint reduction plan, water conservation measures and fair labor practices.
Clean Green Certified has a certification specifically for cannabis processor/handlers. Whether it be a store-front or a cannabis concentrate company, certification guarantees that the processor/handler keeps Clean Green cannabis separate from cannabis grown conventionally. A consumer can be sure when buying cannabis from a Clean Green Certified outlet that the product is synthetic-pesticide free, salmon-safe and fair-trade.