Considered dangerous drugs by the federal government, marijuana and industrial hemp are still listed in the Controlled Substances Act as Schedule I drugs. While the federal government has issued legislative promises to not spend money in prosecution of cannabis activity in states in which it is legal, it has been firm in withholding any actions of endorsement by federal departments, leading many to assume that an organic certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is precluded by federal law.
But on Jan. 27, 2016, CBDRx, a Colorado-based hemp company, announced that it received two USDA organic certifications for its more than 130 acres of industrial hemp, giving it two of only seven in the country and the only two in Colorado.
CBDRx Director of Quality Assurance Natalie Mondine oversaw the application process, which she says was no different than that for any other crop. She reached out to two third party National Organic Program (NOP) certifying companies, one of which declined to offer an endorsement for hemp, while the other, OneCert out of Nebraska, eventually granted the certification. [Read more at the Boulder Weekly]