OCal Cannabis Certification Program

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

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) OCal Program is currently accepting applications for registration and accreditation of certifying agents.

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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.

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

TThe 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 verify that a business is certified to produce OCal products?

List of Certified OCal Operations

Get certified as a cultivator or distributor

OCal certification can only be granted by a registered OCal certifying agent. Download the document below and contact one of the listed registered certifying agents for certification information.

List of Registered OCal Certifiers

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

Tip Sheets

References and Resources

Regulations

Proposed OCal Regulatory Materials

Guidance Documents

OCal guidance documents clarify specific sections of the regulations.

Complaints

Contact us at OCalCannabis@cdfa.ca.gov.

Contact us

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Inspection Services Division
OCal Cannabis Certification Program
1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
OCalCannabis@cdfa.ca.gov