Washington signs off on statewide organic cannabis certification

Washington state has taken a major step in launching what is believed to be the country’s first state-run organic marijuana certification program.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday for the state to develop organic cannabis certification, Reuters reported.

The new law “creates a voluntary program for the certification and regulation of organic marijuana products.” The Washington Department of Agriculture will administer the program.

A sponsor of the legislation – state Sen. Ann Rivers – predicted marijuana certified as organically grown would probably be available in 1½ years.

Rivers said the organic cannabis program could follow the lead of other organic food programs across the country, according to Reuters.

On the East Coast, farmers in Maine are working on an organic certification program for marijuana.