A new set of resources released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) offers a checklist with the Dos and Don’ts of cannabis packaging in the state, along with labeling instructions.
- Package manufactured cannabis products prior to transfer to a distributor as a finished product. Cannabis flower may be packaged by a cultivator, manufacturer or distributor.
- If a product has multiple layers of packaging, the packaging requirements can be fulfilled using any one of those layers.
- Cannot imitate packaging used for non-cannabis food products or products typically marketed to children.
The four main criteria for a package to meet are tamper evidence, child-resistance, resealability (for products with multiple uses) and opaque packaging for edibles.
Only edibles must be packaged in “lifetime” child-resistant packaging (child-resistant after opening and reclosing), while other forms of products must be initially child-resistant, upon first opening.
Additionally, a labeling checklist specifies what info can and cannot be included. The product’s county of origin can not appear anywhere on the label unless 100% of the cannabis in the product was grown there. Labels are also forbidden from making unproven health claims.