The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the adult-use of cannabis in California in January of 2018, making the recreational use of marijuana legal for those over the age of 21. This legalization calls for a well-maintained infrastructure in order to compliantly manage waste generated in the cannabis industry. “Cannabis waste” is defined as waste that contains cannabis and that has been made unusable and unrecognizable in the manner prescribed in California Code of Regulations § 5054.
§ 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