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Safe Disposal of Cannabis Waste
Key Considerations for Medical & Recreational Users
It’s become one of the fastest growing industries in the United States and throughout many parts of the world. Medical use of marijuana has been legalized in 35 states (including Florida) thus far and 18 states have legalized it for recreational use as well. The growth of the industry as well as the increase in use calls for the understanding and compliance of proper disposal of any waste generated. Take a look:
How is Cannabis Waste Classified?
Defining cannabis waste can be confusing since it can be used both for medicinal purposes and recreationally. But it’s important to understand just what constitutes cannabis waste and what category it falls under. Cannabis is still considered a controlled substance and as such, must be disposed of properly. Waste from cannabis is defined as any materials that have come in contact with the substance in the process of growing, manufacturing and transporting to dispensary as well as any unused buds, plant trimmings and empty cannabis packages. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)— which is the chemical that creates the euphoric and medicinal effects can be harmful to animals and the environment if not disposed of properly.
Any substance or material that contains THC or comes in contact with THC must be disposed of safely to ensure there is no risk of accidental exposure to children, animals or the environment. Patients can grind up small amounts of waste into a mixture until it is unusable and unrecognizable. It is recommended that patients, growers, manufacturers and dispensaries follow local, state and federal guidelines on disposing of cannabis waste to ensure compliance and avoid violations and fines.
All Points Medical Waste is a family owned and operated medical waste disposal company located in Stuart, Florida. We provide full-service medical waste disposal to facilities and businesses across South Florida including Okeechobee County, St. Lucie and Martin County, Palm Beach and Broward County. Give us a call today or fill out this form to learn more about our services and how we can assist you with all kinds of medical waste disposal including cannabis waste.