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State Laws That Could Affect The Packaging On Your Cannabis Products

Roughly half of the United States has legalized marijuana either for medicinal or recreational use, and there is no time like now to be stepping into the business as a product supplier. However, the legal marijuana business is a bit of a tedious business to step into as the supplier of a new product. There are all kinds of state laws and regulations in place that can affect how you handle and produce your new product, especially where packaging is concerned. Each state has its own cannabis-based packaging guidelines that have to be followed. Here are a few that may affect how you package your own cannabis-based product. 

Your packages may have to be childproof or tamper-evident. 

In the state of California, any product containing cannabis must be tamper-evident and the packaging itself cannot be appealing to children. Some states require that cannabis packaging actually be childproof and not easily opened, and other states require dispensaries to place products in childproof containers upon purchase. This is something to keep in mind as a product manufacturer because if you do not use the proper packaging, it can be harder to get your new product into dispensaries. Leafs by Snoop, for example, offers dried herb in containers that look and function like prescription medication bottles so they are not easily opened by a child.  

Your packages will likely have to include specific warnings. 

Certain warning labels are required in the majority of states where cannabis is legal, even in states where recreational use is considered legal. For instance, you may have to include warning labels that state: 

  • The product is not intended for use by people under a certain age
  • The product should not be used by people who are pregnant or nursing 
  • The product may impair a person's ability to drive or operate machinery 
  • The product is not FDA-approved 

Your packages may need to include dosage information. 

If you are manufacturing a certain type of cannabis-infused product that is consumable, it may be required that you offer dosing guidelines on the package. For example, if you are creating a cannabis-infused edible, such as a chocolate bar or chewing gum, it may be necessary for your product packages to state how much should be consumed and how much THC is in each consumed portion. These guidelines are required in some states so customers can consume products with an expectation for what they will experience when they do. 

For more information, look into sources like New York Daily Weed Report