Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Community Health & Public Administration/Nonprofit Management


The Monterey County Health Department received a grant under Proposition 64 legalizing cannabis in California for use by adults 21 or older. The training focuses on educating the Environmental Health Bureau on the adverse effects of cannabis use during gestation and lactation. The research found an excess of women consume cannabis during gestation and lactation. A 2016 study showed that 8.5% of pregnant women between 18-25 used cannabis (Ryan, Ammerman, & O’Connor, 2018). The Environmental Health Bureau is involved in inspections and has established relationships with local dispensaries to share infographics and knowledge on the issue. The survey conducted to assess the success of the training received valuable feedback from Environmental Health and County staff. The training was deemed successful by 100% of the participants. It is recommended in the future to incorporate the training manual directly in dispensaries for employees to have at their disposal and as a reference.