This article was originally published on Cannabis & Tech Today, and appears here with permission.
Organic standards can be established, whether or not cannabis is legal at the federal level.
Those standards won’t be federally regulated, but they can exist separately from legalization.
There are many examples of organic standards being in place for other products, so there’s nothing stopping the cannabis industry from getting started right now.
Official regulation, which can come when the federal government finally legalizes cannabis, will likely put into place some of the smaller standards, but the fundamental standards will likely stay the same.
TIP: Any cannabis business interested in pursuing organic methods should get started now so they’ll be ready when the organic designation becomes available.
One way to do that is to investigate similar plant products, such as lettuce, spinach, and kale.
Find out what the organic standards are for those consumables, and then take steps to implement them in your grow operation.
These companies may not be able to obtain the official “organic” designation, but they can still use the steps they have taken — such as non-GMO, zero pesticides, all-natural fertilizer, etc. — to promote their products.
While more expensive, there is ample evidence of unprecedented growth in all corners of the cannabis industry, from products that are grown and produced with more organic methods.
Transitioning from a traditional grow operation involving pesticides and the like is no easy task, but the results are well worth the effort and will pay dividends in the future when the “organic” stamp of approval is available to federally …