OCal Cannabis Certification Program

1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 • OCalCannabis@cdfa.ca.gov


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OCal is a statewide certification program that 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 Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the OCal regulations, 2021-0714-01, to establish a program that is comparable to the National Organic Program and the California Organic Food and Farming Act.

The regulations were filed with the Secretary of State on July 14, 2021, and are now in effect.

Why is it called “comparable-to-organic” cannabis?

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) was required by law to establish a certification program for cannabis that is comparable to the National Organic Program and the California Organic Food and Farming Act. However, only the National Organic Program can authorize use of the word “organic” on product packaging.

The term “organic” is a designation reserved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for eligible products that comply with the standards of the National Organic Program. Since cannabis is illegal under federal law, cannabis products are not eligible to carry the “organic” designation.

When the term “OCal” is used in reference to a cannabis product, it means that product consists of cannabis produced in a way that’s comparable to organic?

Yes! If cannabis is produced in a way that’s comparable to organic, then those growing practices may be eligible for recognition through OCal certification if OCal requirements specified in the OCal regulations are met.

Can any commercial cannabis licensee who produces cannabis that’s comparable to organic label and refer to their products as OCal?

Commercial cannabis cultivators and distributors who are authorized, through certification by a registered CDFA certifying agent, may sell, label, or represent their commercial cannabis products as “OCal.”

Licensed cannabis manufacturers will be certified under the California Department of Public Health.

How do I get certified?

OCal certification can only be granted by a registered OCal certifying agent. OCal is currently in the process of registering certifying agents and a list will be posted on this page as soon as available.

Information on becoming an OCal certifying agent.

The following National Organic Program (NOP) resources may also be helpful.

Tip Sheets

References and Resources

Archived Regulation Activities

Proposed OCal Regulatory Materials

Past Public Meetings

  • CalCannabis Comparable-to-Organic Cannabis Working Group Meeting, November 4, 2019, Notice and Agenda
  • CalCannabis Comparable-to-Organic Cannabis Working Group Meeting, July 24, 2019, Notice and Agenda
  • CalCannabis Comparable-to-Organic Cannabis Working Group Meeting, June 25, 2019, Notice and Agenda
  • CalCannabis Comparable-to-Organic Cannabis Working Group Meeting, May 15, 2019, Notice and Agenda
  • CalCannabis Comparable-to-Organic Cannabis Working Group Meeting, February 12, 2019, Notice and Agenda