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  • Beach Advisory Lifted: Lovers Point Beach, Pacific Grove

    Lovers Point Beach was posted with an advisory due to high indicator bacteria found in samples taken 9/26/2019. Follow up samples reveal that bacteria counts are at levels considered safe for recreational contact.

    9/20/2019 12:00:00 PM

  • National Food Safety Education Month - Food Safety Conference

    In recognition of September being designated as National Food Safety Education Month, the Environmental Health Bureau of the Monterey County Health Department announced today the recipients of its Award of Excellence, a highlight of the Monterey County Health Department’s Gold Seal program for retai

    9/18/2019 1:00:00 PM

  • 30th Annual Celebration of Culture and Language

    The Annual Celebration of Culture & Language by the Latino Network of Monterey County is Wednesday, September 25th. This year’s main speaker is former Major League Baseball player, Ernesto “Ernie” Camacho. He has returned to his roots in Salinas & established a foundation to encourage Salinas Youth.



Cannabis Management Services

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Published on July 11, 2018. Last modified on August 21, 2019

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Cannabis management Services

The Monterey County Health Department, Environmental Health Bureau (MCHD, EHB) oversees cannabis businesses throughout Monterey County for both unincorporated areas and within city jurisdictions.

Our primary focus is to protect the public's health, and the environment through education while addressing regulations and permitting the following services: Consumer Health Protection, Drinking Water, Environmental Health Review, Hazardous Materials, Recycling and Resources Recovery, Solid Waste Management, and Animal Services.

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Examples of facilities that may require Health permits:

  • Cultivation or Nursery Sites
  • Dispensaries
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • Testing Facilities
  • Transportation and Distribution Operations

Prior to any city or municipality issuing a cannabis facility a permit to operate, the Environmental Health Bureau (EHB) must review the proposed operation to determine if a health permit(s) is needed. The applicant must obtain a health permit(s) prior to commencement of operation.

To obtain a Request for Service and/or a Health Permit, Submit the following to EHB
  1. Completethe Request for Service Application form
  2. Payment for 4 hours of staff time to review the application (currently $162/hour), made payable to the Monterey County Health Department
  3. Comprehensive project description with scope of operations
  4. Completed Hazardous Materials Questionnaire
    • If the answer is ‘YES’ to any of these questions, provide a list of hazardous materials/wastes with their corresponding quantities
    • Register with CERS and complete a Facility site plan and storage map
  5. Descriptive plan for solid waste management (trash service, cannabis waste disposal, hazardous waste disposal), including composting activities, if applicable (Download Here)

Within approximately 10 business days, the EHB will contact the applicant to:

  1. Request additional information, or
  2. Provide a list of required Health permits, or
  3. Provide documentation that no Health permits are required

You may also download this information in PDF form here: Download here

Below are some of the Environmental Health Cannabis Related Permits that may be required:

 Section#  Description  FY 2019-2020
 C000    Hourly Rate
 C001  1  Cannabis Operation, Food Handling
 C002  2  Cannabis Operation,Hazardous Materials & Hazardous Waste  $2699
 C003  3  Cannabis Operations, Solid Waste
 C004  4  Cannabis Operations, Water System

Questions should be directed to Brian Azevedo, Cannabis Management Services Supervisor, (831) 796-1274. Additional information about how to apply for a food facility permit, hazardous materials or waste permit, or composting permit is available on the EHB website: www.mtyhd.org/eh

Report a Complaint

To report a complaint regarding a Cannabis operation, please click here

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