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food and drug branch (fdb)

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Address (Courier Delivery):

California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch

1500 Capitol Ave, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95814

Address (Non-Courier Delivery):

California Department of Public Health - Food and Drug Branch

P.O. Box 997435, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95899


OCal Program for Manufactured Cannabis Products

 About Us

The California Department of Public Health has been mandated by state law to develop a program for cannabis that is comparable to the National Organic Program. The term "organic" is a designation reserved by the United States Department of Agriculture for products that are certified as organic, per the standards of the National Organic Program. Because cannabis is illegal under federal law, cannabis operations cannot be certified organic under the National Organic Program, therefore the word organic cannot be used to refer to cannabis grown in California.

The OCal Program enforces the regulations for cannabis products sold, labeled, or represented as OCal. "OCal" is the designated labeling term that identifies California commercial cannabis products that are produced and manufactured according to the OCal regulations.  The OCal regulations are comparable to the National Organic Program regulations and the California Organic Food and Farming Act. Certified and registered operations will be authorized to sell, label, or represent their manufactured cannabis products as OCal.

The California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch will be registering OCal cannabis manufacturers, and certifiers who are accredited by the National Organic Program to the scope of organic handling who want to provide OCal certification services. The California Department of Food and Agriculture will be certifying cannabis growers and distributors.  

OCal Complaints

If you would like to file a complaint regarding a manufactured OCal cannabis product, please visit the FDB Complaints Webpage for more information.


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OCal Seal Black and White

 Black and White

​​OCal Seal Color


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