New Cannabis Packaging Laws Will Be Required Starting July 1st, 2018
Since it’s legalization, The cannabis market is now being controlled and taxed by the State, Counties, and Cities in which is it processed and sold. We’ve seen prices go way up, but lately we’ve been seeing a significant price drop on products.
Now is the time to stock up guys, it’s the changing of an era of how cannabis is sold. Starting July 1, 2018 new cannabis packaging and labeling requirements will be fully instilled into the market.This means any product on shelves that is not fully licensed and tracked from seed to sale must be destroyed! This is why there are huge drops in prices going on right now, so it’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on some premium quality products before they are gone.
You might see a shift in the product being sold on the market, as companies adjust to the new packaging, licensing, and testing requirements. Here at Mercy we are ensuring that we will be fully complaint with the new laws and are making every effort to stay stocked with a huge range of cannabis products to meet all of customers needs.
CDPH Packaging & Labeling Requirements
Here’s the breakdown from the California Department of Public Health on the new requirements:
Cannabis product packaging cannot resemble traditionally available food packages and must be tamper-evident, re-sealable if the product includes multiple servings, and child-resistant. In addition, packaging for edibles must be opaque. All manufactured products must be packaged according to regulatory standards before they are released to a distributor.
Cannabis product labeling may not refer to the product as a candy, be attractive to children, make health claims or include cartoons. The labeling requirements fall into two categories: primary panel requirements and informational panel requirements.
The primary panel is the portion of the label that is most likely to be displayed to the consumer at retail. Primary panel labeling must include:
- The identity of the product
- The amount of THC/CBD in the package
- The CDPH-issued universal symbol
- The net weight or volume
In addition, primary paneling for edible products must include the words “cannabis-infused” and contain the amount of THC/CBD per serving.
The informational panel can be located anywhere else on the package. Informational panel labeling requirements include:
- The manufacturer’s name and contact information (website or phone number)
- The date the product was manufactured
- The government warning statement
- The ingredient list
- Instructions for use
- The expiration date
- The unique ID/batch number
In addition, the informational panel for edible products must also contain allergen information, a list of artificial food colorings and basic nutritional information (the amount of sodium, sugar, carbohydrates and fat per serving). Medicinal products must be labeled “For Medicinal Use Only.”
California state law requires that all commercial cannabis businesses hold a state license in order to operate in the commercial market. As a licensee, you must follow all applicable state law and local ordinances.