By Murray Carpenter of the New York Times
At the Common Ground Fair this weekend a caregiver booth and a MOFGA clean cannabis booth flanked the “Yes on 1” Campaign booth in one of the social/political tents. Inspiration abound, Maine fair-goers were able to get both sides of the recreational debate as well as speak to some of the leading growers and “organic thinkers” in the industry.
Maine is one of 25 states, plus the District of Columbia, that permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. It is a competitive market with thousands of growers, known as caregivers under state law.
But Ms. Haywood now claims a distinction that sets her apart. She is among the first five farmers whose weed is labeled Certified Clean Cannabis by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Branded MC3, the marijuana is grown following organic standards, but it cannot be labeled “organic” under federal guidelines.
Ms. Haywood hopes the certification will help her stay nimble in a fast-changing industry. “From a business standpoint, I felt like putting a label on my product from a certifying agency would set me apart and above the rest of the caregivers who are moving in and becoming competition,” she said.
And here’s the key – setting a label on the product from a certifying agency WILL set local growers apart in a changing environment with increasing competition!
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