Medical cannabis is legal in 34 states. In 11 of those states, cannabis is also legal for recreational use. In all of these states, cannabis products must be packaged and labeled according to strict regulations. Therefore you’ll need to know about cannabis packaging if you intend to know what you’re getting.
Tamper-evident seals are present to let you know if a product has already been opened before you buy it. Common examples include plastic seals, stickers across lids, and lids that pop after opening.
Resealable Cannabis Packaging
Any cannabis products with multiple uses must be resealable. Resealable cannabis packaging helps to protect the product contained inside, such as edibles, capsules, tinctures, and creams, from potential contamination.
All cannabis products must be kept in child-resistant packaging. Child-resistant refers to packaging that is difficult for anyone under the age of five to open. Moreover, no packaging can imitate packaging similar to products geared towards children, nor can it mimic packaging used for non-cannabis products. This is done to keep your children from being attracted to the products or being tempted to try them.
Types of CRP
Child-resistant packaging (CRP) falls under one of two categories, single-use (initial) or multiple-use (lifetime). Single-use packaging is child-resistant up until the point at which it’s opened, and the label must state as much. Cannabis products that require single-use CRP include:
- Single serving cannabis products
- Vape cartridges and other inhaled concentrates
- Cannabis topicals
Multiple-use packaging continues to be child-resistant, even after its initial opening. Every time it’s resealed, it can’t be easily reopened, keeping your children from being able to open the product easily. Products that require multiple-use CRP include:
- Edibles with multiple servings
In addition to the cannabis packaging itself, products must have specific labels for safety, and to let you know what’s inside. Furthermore, labels have to contain a variety of prominently displayed statements, including:
- “Schedule I controlled substance”
- “This product may impair the ability to drive or operate machinery”
- “Keep out of reach of children and animals”
- “For medical use only” (if it is a medical cannabis product)
- For edibles, a list of all ingredients must be included, and all major allergens must be noted
Cannabis flowers and concentrates must have the name of the strain on the packaging, along with the cannabinoid content. Additionally, edibles must contain the total amount of THC in the entire product, as well as the amount per serving.
No products can contain any false or misleading information, nor can they make any unproven health claims. Labels can’t be attractive to children. They also can’t contain the words “candy” or “candies” (or any play on these words).
Finally, all products have to have the Prop 65 warning clearly displayed. The label provides a clear warning that you may be exposing yourself to chemicals that could cause cancer, birth defects, and other potential harm.
The information provided on cannabis packaging labels might seem like a lot, but it’s essential. It lets you know what you’re getting and helps to ensure that you use the product safely.
Cannabis packaging, and labeling, is designed for safety. Not only does it protect the contents inside, but it also helps to protect you, your children, and your pets. Furthermore, all cannabis products sold in licensed dispensaries must be properly packaged and labeled according to state regulations. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t be afraid to speak with your budtender.