While the scent of cannabis is loved by many, that love is not universal!
As legalization sweeps across highly populated states like California, scent control regulations are becoming a ubiquitous concern for cannabis entrepreneurs. The harvesting and processing of cannabis can cause significant odor, which can be a nuisance to neighbors. As such, counties are adopting specific requirements for cannabis scent control which business owners and operators must be aware of. These regulatory standards vary by county and city jurisdiction, but tend to have some common threads as they are derived from the same State issued guidelines.
Many counties, however, are still in the midst of deliberation and have yet to formally adopt rules. If you are planning a build in a county that is still in deliberation, we recommend planning for strict odor control guidelines; it’s better to be prepared! Remember, even if you don’t think odor is present or impacting neighbors, any person living in the vicinity of your facility can file a complaint claiming your business is a nuisance to the neighborhood when any presence of odor is detected. This is a common tactic to shut down cannabis cultivators. It’s better to be prepared and not give the naysayers something to complain about!
In Sonoma County, the county simply lists “Odor filtration systems” as a Pre-Operational permitting requirement. This could be as simple as a charcoal filtration system.
In San Mateo County, the Ordinance is more specific: “Odor Control and Ventilation. All premises shall be equipped with odor control filtration and ventilation system(s) based on current industry-specific best control technologies and best management practices. No operable windows or exhaust vents shall be located on any building façade that abuts a residential use or zone. Exhaust vents on rooftops shall direct exhaust away from residential uses or zones. This Section shall not apply to operation of exclusively Type 4 – Nursery licenses.” These guidelines are more robust and indicate that a business owner will need to be cognizant of neighboring zoning, as well as what constitutes “best practices” for odor control.
If you’d like to learn more about cannabis scent control regulations, join us on May 19th and 20th at the CannaGrow Expo in Palm Springs, California! Our President, Dan Gustafik, will be hosting an educational seminar at 11:00AM on Sunday May 20th in the Madera Room. For a detailed agenda of the conference, click here!
Do you have a facility project in need of compliance with odor mitigation? Tell us more about it HERE for a free 30 minute consultation!
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