Fifteen years after medical marijuana was legalized in California, there are still few regulations governing safety standards. It has fallen to concerned people within the industry to take charge of their own health and safety certification. Santa Cruz Mountain Naturals, a medical cannabis collective in Aptos, CA, has chosen to undergo evaluation by the Clean Green Certified third-party medical marijuana inspection program for safety and legal compliance.
The Clean Green Certification Program, created by California medical cannabis compliance lawyer Chris Van Hook, is setting a new standard for medical cannabis quality control. The independent third-party verification program assures medical cannabis bearing its label is grown without harmful chemicals and fertilizers, and is compliant with strict quality control and legal practice standards from seed to final patient.
In order for collectives including Santa Cruz Mountain Naturals to get Clean Green Certified status, they must also be inspected for safety and cleanliness. They must assure their legal compliance with medical marijuana standards in California by having demonstrable policies in place for non-diversion of product into the illegal market. They must have a documented "closed loop" arrangement showing that their product is grown by members and distributed to members, and everyone involved has a current doctor's recommendation. Further, they are required to have a method of controlling access to the facility.