As you likely know, as of May 2, 2018, the Bureau of Cannabis Control began officially issuing temporary cannabis event licenses to qualified parties. 

Cannabis Waste Regulations for Cannabis Event Organizers

Cannabis Waste Regulations for Cannabis Event Organizers

The first Cannabis Event; Be on the lookout for more events like this.

At the date of publishing of this post, there are 43 cannabis event organizer licenses issued (2 licenses, 41 temporary licenses). It is important to note that to obtain and temporary cannabis event license, you must first obtain a cannabis event organizer license. Also, each cannabis event must be issued a separate temporary cannabis event license by the Bureau for the specific date(s) and location of the event. Cannabis events must be held at a county fair or district agricultural association event.

In addition to all of the other industry verticals–cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, retail, and testing laboratories–cannabis events also have State mandated waste management requirements.

Cannabis Waste Management for Cannabis Events

The text below was taken from the BCC’s Proposed Emergency Regulations for Readoption:

§ 5601. Temporary Cannabis Event License

(l) All cannabis waste generated at a temporary cannabis event shall comply with the requirements of sections 5054 and 5055 of this division. The cannabis event organizer may contract for or arrange for the collection and disposal of cannabis waste generated during the temporary cannabis event.

§ 5054. Destruction of Cannabis Products Prior to Disposal

No cannabis goods shall be disposed of as cannabis waste pursuant to section 5055 of this division unless the cannabis goods have been removed from their packaging and rendered unrecognizable and unusable.

Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 260013 and 26070, Business and Professions Code.

§ 5055. Cannabis Waste Management

(a) A licensee may not sell cannabis waste.

(b) Licensees shall comply with all applicable waste management laws including, but not limited to, Division 30 of the Public Resources Code.

(c) A licensee shall dispose of cannabis waste in a secured waste receptacle or in a secured area on the licensed premises. For the purposes of this section, “secure waste receptacle” or “secured area” means that physical access to the receptacle or area is restricted to the licensee and its employees and the local agency, or waste hauler franchised or contracted by a local agency. Public access to the designated receptacle or area is prohibited.

(d) If a licensee is composting cannabis waste on the licensed premises, a licensee shall do so in compliance with title 14, California Code of Regulations, chapter 3.1 (commencing with Section 17850).

(e) If a local agency, or waste hauler permitted by a local agency, is being used to collect and process cannabis waste, a licensee shall do all the following:

(1) Provide the Bureau with the following information for the local agency, or waste hauler franchised or contracted by a local agency, who will collect and process the licensee’s cannabis waste;

(A) Name of local agency providing waste hauling services, if applicable;

(B) Company name of the local agency franchised or contracted or permitted waste hauler, if applicable;

(C) Company business address; and

(D) Name of the primary contact person at the company and contact person’s phone number.

(2) Obtain documentation from the entity hauling the waste that indicates the date and time of each collection of cannabis waste at the licensed premises; and

(3) Obtain a copy of the certified weight ticket or other documentation prepared by the entity hauling the waste confirming receipt of the cannabis waste at one, or more, of the following solid waste facilities:

(A) A manned, fully permitted solid waste landfill or transformation facility;

(B) A manned, fully permitted composting facility or manned composting operation;

(C) A manned, fully permitted in-vessel digestion facility or manned in-vessel digestion operation;

(D) A manned, fully permitted transfer/processing facility or manned transfer/processing operation; or

(E) A manned, fully permitted chip and grind operation.

(f) If a licensee is self-hauling cannabis waste to one, or more, of the solid waste facilities in subsection (e)(3) of this section, a licensee shall obtain for each delivery of cannabis waste by the licensee a copy of a certified weight ticket or receipt documenting delivery from the solid waste facility. Only the licensee or its employees may transport self-hauled cannabis waste.

Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26013 and 26070, Business and Professions Code.

As more and more cannabis events come onto the horizon, the need for cannabis waste management for cannabis events will increase dramatically. Proper disposal of cannabis waste will be essential to help normalize these events, allowing operators to do what they do best and diverting as much unnecessary waste away from landfills as possible.

If you are a cannabis event organizer and have questions about cannabis waste, please reach out to us directly at and we’ll get you set up with a waste management plan and proper waste disposal for cannabis events. We’ll ensure that cannabis waste is the least of your worries!