It would be difficult to find someone that has never seen a product listed as “organic.” Just a quick trip through your local supermarket can reveal to you “organic” products, everywhere from produce to beauty. Especially in this day and age, being listed as “organic” says to people that you not only do you care about your products, but also the consumer as well as the environment, and that makes people feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
For a long while now, cannabis has often been referred to as an alternative, “organic,” all-natural medicine, the much safer bet than those dangerous, laboratory- made pharmaceuticals. However, when you see a sign listing the cannabis you’re about to purchase and ultimately consume as “organic” you’re really not seeing anything more than just a bunch of smoke in mirrors.
The issue is that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the organization tasked with doing the testing and certifying of organic products; no product can be listed as “organic” without going through the USDA. The main trouble point here: the USDA is a federal agency, and cannabis is still illegal at the Federal level. Due to this, testing “organic” cannabis products falls back to the state’s Department of Agriculture. Unfortunately, if a state’s Agriculture Department decides to go ahead and start testing and certifying cannabis products as “organic,” it will be in direct violation of federal law, so it would be difficult to find any state Agriculture Department willing to do so.
What many of them have been doing however, especially in places like Colorado where “organic” cannabis is found in abundance, is start testing those products to see if they’re using any products, such as pesticides, that have not been approved for usage on cannabis.
The bottom line with this is that most people already know and agree upon the fact that cannabis is a natural form of medicine. If it grows in the ground, it’s already more natural than what’s been grown in a laboratory. It is not only unnecessary, but also dangerous for growers and distributors to be advertising that they have organic cannabis. Until cannabis is legal federally and able to be regulated like any other product, using inappropriate marketing terms may just make the market wither.