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In addition to the general operating requirements set forth in this chapter, this section provides additional operational requirements for cannabis manufacturing.

A. Extraction Processes. Cannabis manufacturers shall utilize only extraction processes that are (1) solvent-free or that employ only nonflammable, nontoxic solvents that are recognized as safe pursuant to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and/or (2) use solvents exclusively within a closed loop system that meets the requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act including use of authorized solvents only, the prevention of off-gassing, and certification by a State licensed engineer.

B. Processing: entities that conduct only trimming, drying, curing, grading or packaging of cannabis and nonmanufactured cannabis products. Processing does not involve any cultivation or manufacturing.

C. Packaging and labeling: entities that only package or repackage medical cannabis products or label or relabel the cannabis product container. Can package and label for other licensees.

D. Loop Systems. No closed loop systems shall be utilized without prior inspection and approval of the City’s Building Official and Fire Chief.

E. Standard of Equipment. Extraction equipment, manufacturing, processing and analytical testing devices used by the cannabis manufacturer must be UL (Underwriters Laboratories) listed or otherwise certified by an approved third-party testing agency or licensed professional engineer and approved for the intended use by the City’s Building Official and Fire Chief.

F. Annual Recertification Required. Extraction equipment used by the cannabis manufacturer must be recertified annually and a report by a licensed professional engineer on the inspection shall be maintained on site.

G. Food Handler Certification. All owners, employees, volunteers or other individuals that participate in the production of edible cannabis products must be State-certified food handlers. The valid certificate number of each such owner, employee, volunteer or other individual must be on record at the cannabis manufacturer’s facility where that individual participates in the production of edible cannabis products.

H. Edible Product Manufacturing. Cannabis businesses that sell or manufacture edible cannabis or cannabis products shall obtain a Sonoma County Health permit. Permit holders shall comply with Health and Safety Code Section 113700 et seq. and Sonoma County Health permit requirements. These requirements provide a system of prevention and overlapping safeguards designed to minimize foodborne illness, ensure employee health, demonstrate industry manager knowledge, ensure safe food preparation practices and delineate acceptable levels of sanitation for preparation of edible products. (Ord. 1147 §2 (Exh. A), 2023)