IMPORTANT NOTE/ DISCLAIMER RIGHT UP FRONT: Medical cannabis is not yet legal under Federal Law and the Clean Green Certified Program does nothing to make it legal under Federal Law. There are still stiff Federal sentences handed out for the cultivating and distribution of cannabis – medical or otherwise. An interested party is advised to research the Federal sentencing guidelines prior to any participation in a State Sanctioned medical or recreational cannabis program.
Clean Green Certified Cannabis
The Certification program requires an annual on-site inspection of each location for the continuance of certification. We are also experienced USDA Organic Inspectors and Certifiers and work year round in the inspection of agricultural products, and in their processing and handling.
We work with state and federal compliance issues for food handling as well as with California compliance issues dealing with the growing and distribution of medical cannabis.
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Processor/Handlers are the people who receive the crop from the garden, and get it to you in the store; raw or processed.
In order to become a Clean Green Certified Processor/Handler/Dispensary the facility must:
1). Have a clear, verifiable program in place for the non-diversion of medical cannabis onto the illegal market. This would include procedures in place to track all products coming into a facility by lot # or some form of specific identification coding of each delivery, into a medical cannabis collective or dispensing facility. This product tracking system is put through a “mock tracking exercise” as a requirement of certification.
2). Have a clear, verifiable program in place showing the “closed loop” internal structure of the medical cannabis collective or dispensing facility. A Clean Green Certified operation must be able to show that they are only receiving their medical cannabis from their members, and that they are only distributing that medical cannabis to their verified members. A certified operation must be able to show that they have strong procedures in place to verify that all members have both a current physician’s recommendation for medical cannabis, as well as a current California residence address.
3). Have clear policies and procedures in place to prevent minors from entering the facility, and to prevent the facility from becoming an unsafe, or unpleasant “loitering “ spot for minors or others. This is done by an on-site review of the facilities procedures to prevent minors from entering the premises, as well as the possibility of unannounced inspections to verify ongoing compliance with the facility’s own procedures.
By requiring that their grower members become third party certified as well, a collective or dispensing facility goes well beyond the minimum standards to ensure that all of their grower/members are also legal and compliant in the numbers of plants that they grow, and that the growing is done in a safe and sustainable manner, away from public view, and inaccessible to minors.
One of the strongest elements of the certification program is the Non-conflicted and third party status of all of the certification inspectors, and reviewers of an operation’s application for certification. This is the only way that inspections, application reviews, and determinations of suitability for certification can occur in a manner that safeguards the public and the program’s credibility
If your operation does not have these practices in place yet, no problem; our services are tailored to fit your needs. Our team can help you develop and implement these standards, no matter what stage your operation is currently at.
We also have the Clean Green Certified Product Licensing Program for concoctions, contraptions and concepts to be identified as following the standards of the Clean Green Certified Program.
Look for this logo on the shelves...
Give your store a Pop-Quiz about their products.
Ask your Processor/Handler/Dispensary about Clean Green Certified.
If they are not CGC, ask them “Why not?”