Cannabis organizations merge to create certification group

The Organic Cannabis Association and the Ethical Cannabis Alliance have merged into a new organization: the Cannabis Certification Council.

According to a news release, the council’s mission will be to independently certify cannabis products as organic and “fairly produced.” The new organization will issue seals that businesses can use to market products.

The Organic Cannabis Association is based in Denver and focused on setting standards for marijuana growers. The Portland, Oregon-based ECA advocates for ethical business practices.

According to the release, Dr. Bronner’s – the iconic soap company – has agreed to provide seed funding and a matching grant to the group. The amount was not disclosed. An executive at Dr. Bronner’s will hold a seat on the council’s board.

“The Cannabis Certification Council, with its unique mission, is a perfect vessel for us to support our values in the cannabis space,” CEO David Bronner said in the release.