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Published on April 25, 2019. Last modified on June 27, 2019

Cannabis FAQ
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Cannabis FAQs

Cultivation

  • State: California Department of Food and Agricultural (CDFA)
  • Local Regulators: Monterey County Environmental Health, Fire Departments, Sheriff’s office, Resource Management Agency Code Enforcement, Agricultural Commissioner’s office, City Building Departments.
    • Monterey County Environmental Health (EHB)
    • Fire Departments
    • Sheriff’s office
    • Resource Management Agency (RMA)
    • Agricultural Commissioner’s office
    • City Building Departments (when applicable)

 

A Hazardous Materials Permit with Monterey County Environmental Health is required if at any point the facility uses or handles the following quantities or more of hazardous materials:

  • (Liquids) - 55 gallons or more;
  • (Solids) - 500 pounds of more;
  • (Compressed Gasses) - 200 cubic feet or more.
Or if the facility produces Hazardous Waste of any quantity

Submit a Hazardous Materials questionnaire form to determine if your business will require a Hazardous materials Permit

 

Hazardous materials should be stored in a safe and secured location with secondary containment and ideally in an approved chemical rated cabinet (ex: fire rated cabinet for flammables, oxidizer rated for oxidizers)

“Cannabis Waste” is organic waste, as defined in section 42649.8(c) of the Public Resources code

Cannabis waste at a cultivation includes all parts of the cannabis plant from leaves, flower, stems, stalks and roots. Used soil containing stems or root ball is considered cannabis waste.

Cannabis waste can be:

  • self-hauled by the licensee or its employees to an approved, and permitted solid waste facility (landfill, transfer station, composter, in-vessel digester, chip and grind) and/or
  • hauled by the franchised waste hauler in your area and/or
  • actively composted in accordance with title 14 of the California Code of Regulations.
Currently, there is no private cannabis waste haulers approved or permitted to haul cannabis waste in Monterey County.

Cannabis waste must be stored in a secured area only accessible to the licensee, its employees or contracted waste hauler. Cannabis waste must be locked or completely fenced in if accessible to anyone other than the licensee and its employees.

 

Cannabis waste must be actively composted in accordance with title 14 of the California Code of Regulations. Go to CalRecycle for more information regarding composting.

Cannabis waste must be stored in a secured area only accessible to the licensee, licensee employees or contracted waste hauler.

Manufacturing

  • State: California Department of Public Health
  • Local Regulators: Monterey County Environmental Health, Fire Departments, Sheriff’s office, Resource Management Agency Code Enforcement, Agricultural Commissioner’s office, City Building Departments.
    • Monterey County Environmental Health (EHB)
    • Fire Departments
    • Sheriff’s office
    • Resource Management Agency (RMA)
    • Agricultural Commissioner’s office
    • City Building Departments (when applicable)

 

A Hazardous Materials Permit with Monterey County Environmental Health is required if at any point the facility uses or handles the following quantities or more of hazardous materials:

  • (Liquids) - 55 gallons or more;
  • (Solids) - 500 pounds of more;
  • (Compressed Gasses) - 200 cubic feet or more.
Or if the facility produces Hazardous Waste of any quantity

Submit a Hazardous Materials questionnaire form to determine if your business will require a Hazardous materials Permit

 

A nonvolatile extraction uses a solvent that does not readily evaporate into a gas under existing conditions. Examples of nonvolatile materials utilized in cannabis manufacturing are carbon dioxide, ethanol, water, and oil.

A volatile extraction uses solvents that produce a flammable gas or vapor when present in the air in sufficient quantities, will create explosive or ignitable mixtures.

Use this link to help determine if your waste is hazardous. DTSC – What is Hazardous Waste?

Cannabis waste can be:

  • self-hauled by the licensee or its employees to an approved, and permitted solid waste facility (landfill, transfer station, composter, in-vessel digester, chip and grind) and/or
  • hauled by the contracted, franchised waste hauler in your area and/or
  • actively composted in accordance with title 14 of the California Code of Regulations.
Currently, there is no private cannabis waste haulers approved or permitted to haul cannabis waste in Monterey County

Cannabis waste must be stored in a secured area only accessible to the licensee, its employees or contracted waste hauler. Cannabis waste must be locked or completely fenced in if accessible to anyone other than the licensee and its employees.

If the waste is hazardous (ex: extracting), please use a registered hazardous waste hauler with DTSC

 

Dispensaries

 

  • State: Bureau of Cannabis Control
  • Local Regulators: Monterey County Environmental Health, Fire Departments, Sheriff’s office, Resource Management Agency Code Enforcement, Agricultural Commissioner’s office, City Building Departments.
    • Monterey County Environmental Health (EHB)
    • Fire Departments
    • Sheriff’s office
    • Resource Management Agency (RMA)
    • Agricultural Commissioner’s office
    • City Building Departments (when applicable)

 

You will need Cannabis Operations Permit (C001)

Dispensaries produce two types of cannabis waste, cannabis flower and manufactured cannabis products. The flower can be handled as green waste. The manufactured cannabis products such as infused pre-rolls, vape cartridges (without batteries), edibles, concentrates and any cannabis containing products can be handled as solid waste.

Monterey County and its Cities utilize franchised contracts with waste haulers who are permitted to haul cannabis waste. There are no private haulers permitted to haul any cannabis waste within Monterey County or its Cities. Please refer our links section for the waste hauler in your area.

Remove the batteries from the cartridges, these should be handled as universal waste.

These will still be considered universal waste, because of the battery and the electronic components.

General Questions

What cities allow Commercial Cannabis operations in Monterey County?

Within in Monterey County there are cities that have passed ordinance allowing for Cultivation, Manufacturing and Dispensaries. Here is a list of cities that have passed Cannabis ordinances and cities that have denied cannabis.

Cities that allow some form Commercial Cannabis Operations:

Cities that do not currently allow Commercial Cannabis in Monterey County:
  • Carmel By the Sea
  • Monterey
  • Pacific Grove
  • Sand City
  • Soledad

 

Environment Health Program Contact Information?

Cannabis Operation Applications for Hazardous Materials Management, Waste Management Guidance, Consumer Protection Services
Contact: Brian Azevedo
Phone: (831) 796-1274
Email: azevedobj@co.monterey.ca.us

Environmental Health Bureau Review of Cannabis Operation Applications

Contact: Nicole Fowler
Phone: (831) 755-4584
Email: fowlerne@co.monterey.ca.us

Drinking Water Protection Services (Drinking Water Protection Services, Wells, Water Treatment)
Contact: Cheryl Sandoval
Phone: (831) 755-4552
Email: sandovalcl@co.monterey.ca.us

 

Were can I find additional information about Environmental Health programs involved in Cannabis operation?

For additional information into Environmental Health programs involved in Cannabis operation with in Monterey County see below.

Environmental Health Review Services
Cannabis related operations and fees
Cannabis Related Operations.

Hazardous Materials Services

For Hazardous Materials Storage Permits (PE #C002)
Hazardous Waste Program, Hazardous Materials Business Plan Requirements, Above-ground Storage Tanks, CERS.

Solid Waste Services

Solid Waste Handling Plan (PE#C003)
Cannabis Waste Management - Download Here.
Additional Information can be found at calrecycle.ca.gov

Drinking Water Protection Services
Program and fees - (PE #C004)
EHB’s Public Water System web page: Public Water Systems Land Use Entitlements
To see Water System Requirements for a Complete Status, Click here.

Wells
New well construction or demolition of old wells (PE#)
Information can be found here!

Animal Services
Licensing of security dogs
For information, please see Animal Licensing.

What about Industrial Hemp and Cannabidiol (CBD) in Food Products?
FAQ – Industrial Hemp and Cannabidiol (CBD) in Food Products

What other Monterey County agencies are involved with permitted Commercial Cannabis?

Links to other Monterey County Agencies involved in Cannabis Permitting

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