“Some states require the packaging material used to package cannabis be ‘purposely’ unattractive so as not to spark the interest of children.”
Tuscaloosa, AL – Beginning January 1, 2020, Illinois will join 25 other states in making the use of cannabis for recreational and medicinal purposes legal.
The cannabis market is already estimated to top $10 billion. Some experts say it will jump to $250 billion in the not too distant future.
That’s why many in the packaging industry are becoming increasingly interested in this market. And along with packaging, it is believed more distributors in totally unrelated industries may jump on the cannabis bandwagon.
However, “legalization does not mean all the laws are off the books,” says Gretchen Friedrich with AFFLINK, a leader in supply chain management organization and supplier of packaging materials for different industries.
“In fact, several new laws have been created, especially when it comes to the packaging and distribution of cannabis in the U.S.”
While these laws can vary throughout the country, Friedrich says the following packaging guidelines apply to most areas in which cannabis products are manufactured, distributed, and sold:
Tamper Evident. The package must have a seal, sticker, or some other indicator that the package has not been opened after sealing.
Child Resistant. “Virtually all states require child-resistant packaging of cannabis, but may have different regulations and requirements.”
Packaging and Labeling. The manufacturer must properly label the finished product before it can be delivered to distributors or retailers. “Again, different states may have different guidelines.”
Protection. Cannabis must be packaged so that it’s not exposed to contamination or harmful substances
Imitations. “Most all states require that the packaging [of cannabis] not look or imitate the packaging of products intended for children. Some states even require that the packaging material be ‘purposely’ unattractive so as not to spark the interest of children.”
Opaque. Edible cannabis such as cakes, cookies, chocolates, or gum, must be in opaque packaging, again to help prevent children from seeing what’s inside and opening the package.
“Manufacturers and retailers in the cannabis industry are advised to work closely with packaging and distribution professionals,” says Friedrich. “It’s a fast moving, fast growing industry and these professionals will help everyone involved stay closely attuned to the evolving guidelines.”
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