One more additional complication comes back to federal prohibition. Even though a cannabis farmer could in theory follow NOP rules, the core certifying agencies won’t certify the produce to be able to be called “organic.” This has opened the door for several new cannabis-focused certifying agencies to enter the market. These agencies are a new experiment and are working with various standards for listing. For most consumers, how a farmer earns these certifications can be quite vague. That farmer may have to follow the exact same standards as the NOP has put out, or maybe they just need to pay their money and use the seal with no oversight at all. When it comes to fertilizers certifications, or for farms that ally closely with certain brands and claim using those products make them organic, be wary of conflicts of interest and loose compliance until standards stabilize. The NOP-supported listing is still the best way to guarantee a standard is being followed.
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