Cannabis-Waste Management Regulations Modified for 2018
January 2018 marked the legalization of adult-use cannabis in California. This made the way for recreational use of marijuana for those over 21 years of age. With this legalization comes the need for an infrastructure to compliantly manage waste disposal within the cannabis industry. Most municipal waste haulers do not provide an option for business owners to blend their waste with organic materials, as necessary before disposal of their cannabis waste.
CWR SoCal is focused on the diverse needs of cannabis waste disposal for licensees, whether they are in: cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, testing, retail, or consumption lounges. Our mission is simple: to provide a seamless transition into compliant waste solutions through a clear understanding of both state and cannabis regulatory agency requirements.
Below are the 2018 modified regulations for cannabis waste management as of October 23, 2018:
§ 5054. DESTRUCTION OF CANNABIS GOODS PRIOR TO DISPOSAL
(a) Licensees shall not dispose of cannabis goods, unless disposed of as cannabis waste, defined under section 5000(e)(g) of this division.
(b) Cannabis waste shall be stored, managed, and disposed of in accordance with all applicable waste management laws, including, but not limited to, Division 30 of the Public Resources Code.
(c) Cannabis goods intended for disposal shall remain on the licensed premises until destroyed into cannabis waste. The licensee shall ensure that:
(1) Access to the cannabis goods is restricted to the licensee, its employees or agents; and Bureau of Cannabis Control Regular Regulations Text 15-Day Notice October 2018 – Page 51 of 152
(2) Storage of the cannabis goods allocated for disposal is separate and distinct from other cannabis goods.
(d) In order to be disposed of as cannabis waste To be rendered as cannabis waste for proper disposal, including disposal as defined under Public Resources Code section 40192, cannabis goods must shall first be destroyed on the licensed premises., which at a minimum, This includes, at a minimum, removing or separating the cannabis goods from any packaging, or container, and rendering it unrecognizable and unusable. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to require vape cartridges to be emptied of cannabis oil prior to disposal, provided that the vape cartridge itself is unrecognizable and unusable at the time of disposal.
(e) Licensees, in compliance with all applicable hazardous waste laws and regulations, shall ensure the proper handling of any hazardous waste, as defined under Public Resources Code section 40141.
(f) Licensees that have rendered cannabis goods as organic waste, defined under Public Resources Code section 42649.8, shall comply with all applicable organic waste laws and regulations.
(g) Cannabis waste on the licensed premises shall be secured in a receptacle or area that is restricted to the licensee, its employees, or an authorized waste hauler.
(h) A licensee shall report all cannabis waste activities, up to and including disposal, into the track and trace system, as required under Chapter 1, Article 6 of this division.
Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26013 and 26070, Business and Professions Code.
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