We thought April would be a relevant time to discuss the importance of safe, compliant medical marijuana disposal methods.

Medical marijuana has become legal in many states. It is used in the treatment of various conditions and to assist with illness maintenance. As a quickly growing segment of the pharmaceuticals market, (expected to reach an upwards of $146B by the end of 2025 according to Grand View Research) the handling and disposal of medical marijuana is also an important topic to consider. From the doctors, dispensaries and even those using the drug, it is important to know how to dispose contaminated items in adherence to FDA regulations. Learn more about medical marijuana waste disposal below.

With the month of April and the date of 4/20 here, which many have come to recognize for its ties to marijuana use, we thought it would be a relevant time to discuss the importance of safe, compliant medical marijuana waste disposal.

Any and all products that are expired, used or unused that have medical marijuana or THC residue should be treated as a controlled substance. Disposal of these substances requires destruction that makes the product non-retrievable or must be returned or recalled.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the intoxicating ingredient in medical marijuana that can pose risks to others, animals and the environment if exposed to it. Rules on the disposal of medical marijuana waste calls for incineration, composting, approved landfill disposal or in-vessel digestion.

These methods each require specifics before used as a viable disposal type. Referencing local state-based laws as well as FDA guidelines are a must.

For waste generators, using a container that is securely closed and leak-proof is a perfect way to collect unused and expired medical marijuana for safe disposal.

Red Bags offers complete compliance with all state and federal regulations requiring the safe pickup transport and disposal of medical marijuana waste. Because the consequences of noncompliance are high, partnering with a full-service medical waste management company is key. We can help guide you through the process and keep you up to date with the latest disposal requirements so you’re never wondering how to properly handle your generated medical marijuana waste.

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