California Attorney Chris Van Hook Announces Best Practices Certified Medical Marijuana Inspection Program

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The Best Practices Certified program, created and implemented by marijuana attorney Chris Van Hook, now certifies medical marijuana growers as compliant with the strictest standards of limited chemical and synthetic fertilizer use, non-contamination, and adherence to local laws.

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Some farmers feel the use of synthetic fertilizer is essential to their growing process, but want to let consumers know that they’re being used responsibly.

California medical cannabis compliance lawyer Chris Van Hook is proud to announce Best Practices Certified, an independent third-party verification program that assures medical cannabis bearing its label is grown with limited use of synthetic chemical fertilizers and in compliance with strict quality control and legal practice standards. The certification program ensures growers’ full legal compliance with local and California medical marijuana standards, a review of the manner in which the medicine is grown, and a standard agricultural crop inspection.

Founder Chris Van Hook modeled the Best Practices Certified program on his slightly more rigorous Clean Green Certified inspection program, which does not allow the use of any synthetic fertilizers or chemicals.

“Some farmers feel the use of synthetic fertilizer is essential to their growing process, but want to let consumers know that they’re being used responsibly, with only the minimum amount of chemicals necessary to grow the plants successfully,” said Van Hook. “They also deserve recognition for the other aspects of their business, such as full compliance with local laws and maintaining a clean facility.”

Best Practices Certified medical marijuana is held to the highest standards, ensuring its safety and compliance with California law. The three-part California medical cannabis certification process for growers includes a confidential legal compliance review; an onsite inspection of the grow area, including input review standards modeled on the USDA Organic Certification requirements with the additional use of some nutrients the grower feels are non-negotiable; and a thorough agricultural crop inspection, looking for mold and mildew, pest problems, and facilities contamination.

The Best Practices Certified California medical marijuana inspection program holds growers to strict safety and legal requirements. By participating, they are demonstrating their commitment to using legitimate and above board business methods. They are rewarded with increased trust from medical marijuana users and a better relationship with law enforcement.

“Best Practices certification gives growers an additional level of legitimacy, which is helpful for their interactions with both police and dispensaries,” says Van Hook. “It also helps medical marijuana patients make educated choices about how their medicine was grown.”

For more information about the Best Practices Certified program, call Chris Van Hook at (707) 215-4009 or visit

About Clean Green Certified
Clean Green Certified, an independent third-party certification program created by medical cannabis attorney Chris Van Hook, is an agricultural process review and certification program based on the non-use of synthetic chemical fertilizers and sprays, and the building of consumer confidence that their agricultural products are produced in manner that is both healthy and safe for the environment. Their California medical marijuana quality control programs also include Best Practices certification, which allows the limited and responsible use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, and compliance with Mendocino County Code 9.31 (the medical cannabis cultivation regulation ordinance).

Clean Green’s expert legal team also provides services that include: medical cannabis expert witness testimony; on-site inspections; medical cannabis compliance for growers and for handlers/processors/dispensaries; formation of grower collectives and nonprofit corporations; commercial leases; product licensing; contracts and real property issues; administrative law; and permit assistance and acquisition.


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