Organic pesticides OK’d for California cannabis

Sustainable Food News | July 26, 2018 | Article Link

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), a manufacturer of certified-organic and natural pest management products for crops, said Wednesday its Grandevo CG and Regalia CG biopesticides have received label approval from California regulators, allowing them to be used on cannabis crops in the state.

Davis, Calif.-based Marrone (Nasdaq:MBII) sells four products for agriculture – Regalia, Grandevo, Venerate and Majestene. The company said both Grandevo and Regalia are “certified under the [USDA’s] National Organic Program and listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic gardening and farming.”

Check out Marrone Bio’s cannabis pest guide.

As cannabis use goes recreational in California, the state’s organic industry is ready to start considering cannabis as an ingredient in organic products.

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC), an industry-led group advising the secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on organic issues, voted in January to approve a motion recommending consultations on the state’s cannabis program.

Adult-use cannabis became legal in California on Jan. 1, but cannabis is prohibited from being certified as organic under the federal NOP.

California’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act requires that CDFA establish an organic cannabis designation and certification program comparable to federal and state organic regulations by Jan. 1, 2021.

California accounts for more than 40 percent of all organic products sold in the United States, with more than $9 billion in sales of raw and processed organic products.