What Happens When a Marijuana Company Commits to Being Green


Reported in the Pittsburgh City Paper, April 17, 2024


First in the Industry Carbon Neutral Certification

We’ve all heard the saying “The grass is greener on the other side.”  This is probably quite true for many of us; however, when you are a medical marijuana company with the name Organic Remedies, being green is imperative.

Organic Remedies, a medical marijuana cultivation and research organization based in Carlisle, PA, along with six dispensaries in Pennsylvania, was recently officially certified carbon neutral by Carbonfund’s Carbonfree Certification Program.

Organic Remedies CEO Mark Toigo says, “Our name tells our story. We are Organic Remedies, and we strive to maintain organic farming practices during every phase of the cultivation and manufacturing of our products. Protecting our planet Earth is important to our patients, to our employees, and for the benefit of future generations.”

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Organic Practices Earn Praise from Employees and Consumers

“As a young man, at the age of 16, I participated in our nation’s first Earth Day. Now, at 70, the choices I make regarding their impact on our environment are even MORE critical,” shared Organic Remedies’ patient Andrew. “As a patient at Organic Remedies since its opening, I’ve seen the company’s efforts, over the years, to impact the environment as little as possible. Now that they have achieved carbon neutral status, it shows the company’s commitment to the communities they serve, as well as our planet.”

Organic Remedies has employed organic farming practices since the facility opened in 2020. They use recycled rainwater, collected off their greenhouse roof through piping and captured in an aquafer for reuse when watering the plants. This leads to a facility with no runoff. Additionally, greenhouses are naturally low-energy users because natural light is used year-round. Lighting is used at certain times of the year and nighttime.

Zero pesticides are used to cultivate their plants, and they only utilize bio-controls to manage unwanted pests through an integrated pest management system. The company captures CO2 from the boiler to enhance plant health; when the boiler heats during the day, CO2 is captured and pumped into the greenhouse.

They have also planted thousands of trees on their surrounding property.

In addition to farming practices, Organic Remedies is also working to reduce waste by offering its products in biodegradable bags and recyclable packaging.

“Organic Remedies’ commitment to environmental sustainability is important to me and the cannabis community itself,” expressed Matthew, an employee at the Bethel Park Organic Remedies Dispensary. “It preserves longevity for the environment and the company. We do better by spending less and wasting less.”

Organic Remedies’ Carbonfund carbon neutral certification is Pennsylvania’s first in the industry. Carbonfund is leading the fight against climate change by helping individuals, businesses, and organizations to reduce and offset their climate impact. Through its rigorous assessment, Carbonfund determined Organic Remedies generates 1626.5 tons of CO2 which will be offset through global forestry projects.

A Responsibility to the Environment and Patients

At the end of March 2024, the Pennsylvania Department of Health revealed that there are 440,949 active cardholders, and 9,203 active caregivers with medical marijuana licenses. Additionally, there are 180 operational dispensaries, while Organic Remedies account for six of those; their products are sold at many other dispensaries.

Toigo added, “As one of the leading medical marijuana organizations in PA, we understand our responsibility is to not only produce quality products but also to do so in a way that does not harm the environment. We have always cultivated our plants through natural, organic farming practices.”

Logan, an employee from the Chambersburg Organic Remedies, is proud to work for a company that delivers on prioritizing the environment, “It’s important to me that Organic Remedies not only delivers top-notch products but also prioritizes educating others about sustainability. Our efforts to become carbon neutral and to raise awareness about environmental issues show a genuine dedication to making a positive difference, which I deeply appreciate and support.”

Awareness and Education are Keys to a Greener Future

Organic Remedies is also passionate about raising awareness and educating clients and employees on the benefits of environmental sustainability.

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To celebrate Earth Day, on April 20, the company plans to raise awareness and green the planet by offering a free wildflower seed giveaway at all dispensary pop-ups. Starting as just a small seed, wildflowers pack a significant environmental wallop, including significant factors of soil health and pollination!

Additionally, the company works to educate others through its website and social media platforms. Darius, employed at the Paoli Dispensary, enthusiastically appreciates this outreach, “educating ourselves to be sustainable is a no-brainer! Our actions have an impact, and understanding how they impact others and our environment is extremely important to me, as I want a planet where future children can see green trees and blue skies.”

Matthew, from Bethel Park, is happy to have the knowledge to help educate consumers, sharing, “I have the resources to educate myself and others about the positive environmental direction that the company is heading towards.”

To learn more about Organic Remedies Carbon Neutral Certification and their other environmentally sustainable educational resources, please visit


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Organic Remedies Honors U.S. Veterans Laid to Rest at Pennsylvania Military Cemeteries

Company’s Wreaths Across America Fundraising Campaign Generates Sponsorship of More Than 3,700 Wreaths

CARLISLE, Pa. (Dec. 20, 2023)- Organic Remedies, a medical marijuana cultivation and research organization based in south central Pennsylvania, raised more than $32,000 in support of Wreaths Across America, a national nonprofit that purchases live Remembrance wreaths for veterans laid to rest at national and state military cemeteries. The funds raised sponsored more than 3,700 wreaths for veterans’ graves at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, and Philadelphia National Cemetery.

The company’s WAA six-week fundraising campaign included a strong grassroots effort through letters and calls to donors and cash donations collected at Organic Remedies’ dispensaries across the state. In addition, Organic Remedies contributed a portion of the proceeds of select OR brand products, available in medical marijuana dispensaries across PA.

“I am so proud of our entire OR team for getting behind this noble cause,” said Organic Remedies CEO Mark Toigo. “We understand the tremendous sacrifice our veterans have made to preserve our freedom. It is heartwarming to see the passion we all have to honor and remember those who gave their lives for our country. We also want to extend our sincere gratitude to our vendor partners, grower/processor partners, and especially our loyal patients for their overwhelming support throughout this campaign.”

Not only did Organic Remedies support WAA through fundraising efforts, but also through encouraging employees and patients to attend National Wreaths Across America Day, Sat. Dec. 16, to place Remembrance wreaths on the graves of veterans at the three cemeteries. Through OR’s efforts, 334 volunteers registered through the company’s website to attend the ceremony and lay wreaths on veterans’ graves. When each wreath is placed, the service member’s name is said out loud, ensuring their memory lives on.

Frank L. Kresak

Frank L. Kresak • Army • 1929 – 2023 • Korean War • My pappap ❤️ A very loving husband, father, pappap, and great-grandpa. Always ready to help his family however, whenever, and wherever. He’s resting with his loving wife at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

$20,000 Donated to Support PA Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Families

We are proud to support the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition in helping women currently battling breast cancer.

CARLISLE, Pa. (Nov. 22, 2023)- Organic Remedies, a medical marijuana cultivation and research organization based in south central Pennsylvania, has raised $20,000 to support the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. PBCC is a local nonprofit that supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy, and breast cancer research grants.

Organic Remedies’ month-long campaign in October raised funds through in-store donations offered by patients and by contributing a portion of the proceeds from select Organic Remedies brand medical marijuana products. The company presented PBCC a $20,000 donation on Nov.21 at the PBCC headquarters in Lebanon, Pa. This is the second consecutive year that Organic Remedies has contributed $20,000 to the organization.

“Breast cancer affects thousands of women and their families in Pennsylvania each year. We are proud to support the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition in helping women currently battling breast cancer and hope that our contribution can help advance the research to find a cure for this tragic disease,” said Mark Toigo, CEO, Organic Remedies.

During its fourth annual campaign, Organic Remedies also provided a “pink” light show at its cultivation facility in Carlisle. The “Take Your Top Off for Breast Cancer” light show generated breast cancer awareness and increased donations. The company’s LED lights, used in the cultivation of medical marijuana, created an impressive display in the night sky several weekends during the month.

“We are truly grateful to Organic Remedies for its significant contribution in support of our mission,” said PBCC Executive Director Jennifer Pensinger. “More than 14,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Pennsylvania this year alone. This gift will allow PBCC to provide free care packages, personalized patient advocacy, educational programming, and breast cancer research grants across the state. Thank you, Organic Remedies, for bringing us closer to our ultimate goal of finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters don’t have to.”

Cancer is one of 24 qualifying conditions approved by the PA Department of Health for medical marijuana therapy. Many women undergoing breast cancer treatment are finding relief through products available at Organic Remedies. For more information on medical marijuana therapies for those battling breast cancer, expert pharmacists are available for free consultations at all Organic Remedies dispensary locations.

$62,250 Donated to PA CASA at this year’s Golf Tournament

Funds Raised During Company’s Second Annual PA CASA Golf Tournament Support the Important Work of the Pennsylvania Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

CARLISLE, Pa. (Nov. 21, 2023)- Organic Remedies, a medical marijuana cultivation and research organization based in south central Pennsylvania, has raised $62,250 to support the Pennsylvania Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. PA CASA is a state-wide nonprofit whose mission is to grow, strengthen, and unite local CASA programs so they can ensure the overall safety, well-being, and forever home of every child who has been impacted by abuse and neglect in Pennsylvania.

Through supporting the existing network of affiliated local CASA programs, building new CASA programs, as well as providing training, technical assistance, and continuous quality improvement, PA CASA is able to improve outcomes for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.

The company’s second annual fundraising golf tournament, held Sept. 15 at the Carlisle Country Club, raised funds through golf registrations and other golf activities. More than 100 golfers, including business partners and other medical marijuana industry representatives, participated in the golf outing to raise funds for PA CASA. This year’s contribution of $62, 250 nearly tripled the amount raised last year. The donation was presented to the organization Nov. 3 at Carlisle Country Club in Carlisle, Pa.

“No child living on this earth should ever have to fear their life at home, questioning whether they will eat that day and/or be abused by family members. We are proud to support PA CASA in aiding children and giving them the chance to have a better life. We hope that our contribution can advance training and create new programs to help children secure a safe and permanent home,” said Mark Toigo, CEO, Organic Remedies.

"We are more than grateful for Organic Remedies and their significant contribution to support our mission ‘to grow, strengthen, and unite local CASA programs so they can ensure the safety, well-being, and forever home for every abused and/or neglected child in Pa.’ With 21 local programs serving 28 counties across the state, there is still much work to be done, and this donation will go a long way in advancing our training and creating new programs in Pennsylvania,” said Jennifer DeBalko, CEO and President, PA Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. “Thank you, Organic Remedies.”

Michael R.W. Davies

Michael R.W. Davies • Navy • 1995 – 2020 • Michael Davies was petty officer in the navy who has discharged from the service in 2016. While his time with the service was short, he was very proud to be in the Navy, and the impact it made on his life and the lives of others around him has been unmatched. If you met Michael once, you remembered him for the rest of your life-some people just have that kind of magic. Please consider donating to Wreaths Across America to honor veterans like him and others.

Donald Christian Kopp

Donald Christian Kopp • Army • 1923 – 2020 • WWII •
Bronze star, American Defense Service Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with two battle stars, WW II Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Expert Badge with Carbine, Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle, Honorable Discharge.

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