California Cannabis Packaging Rules

Is your cannabis product packaging up to code?

marijuana coming from a packaging vial.

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The California Department of Public Health has mandated that cannabis packaging shall not resemble food products. Healthcarepackaging.com latest article on California compliant cannabis packaging highlights some of the new resources provided by CDPH on the topic:

Dos include:

  • Package manufactured cannabis products prior to transfer to a distributor as 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.

    (Related: Cannabis Packaging: Supplier’s Perspective)

Don’ts include:

  • 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.

(Related: Q&A: Medical Cannabis Packaging Design)

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.

Labeling resources

Additionally, a labeling checklist specifies what info can and cannot be included. The product’s county of origin cannot 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.

Packaging Checklist for Cannabis and Cannabis Products

Labeling Checklist for Cannabis Products

Labeling Checklist for Cannabis Products with Small Containers

Here at Compliant Packaging, we offer a wide variety of quality, compliant packaging solutions for all of your cannabis packaging needs. Specifically, as it relates to the article, our Berry Friendly and Safe Vials features will keep you compliant but most importantly help reinforce your brand.

Our vials feature:

–Clear Picture amber, green and red plastic vials

–White non-child resistant plastic caps, clear amber child resistant caps, and white child resistant caps

–Choice white deal purpose child-resistant cap with reversible snap-on option

–Four cap sizes fit seven vial sizes

–All cartons the same size for easy storage

–Vials and caps packed separately

–Compliance with USP “light” and “tight” requirements

–Compliance with CPSC Child-Resistant and Senior test

–White CR Caps may be imprinted with your 2 color logo for free! Minimum quantities apply.

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