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Cannabis Packaging and Labeling: California State

Cannabis Packaging and Labeling: California State

Posted by Custom Cones USA on Oct 15th 2020

According to a report published by Forbes, California is one of the leading and largest recreational cannabis markets in the country at the moment - coming in at a 23% increase in sales in 2019 with a nearly $3.1 billion in revenue for 2019 alone. 

The “Emerald Triangle” is a small region in northern california that is known for being the largest cannabis producing region in the United States. The climate paired with the volatile landscape make for the perfect conditions for growing and producing cannabis. 

With this in mind many cannabis companies are emerging across the country and are naturally choosing to sell their precious product in the great state of California. It is important for your brand to understand that since cannabis is not federally regulated that leaves all the legalities regarding production, packaging and sale of any cannabis based product left to the regulation of the state government in which you are doing business in. 

Just like other states with legal medical and recreational cannabis - understanding the rules and regulations surrounding the packaging and labeling requirements in California state are vital to the overall success of your cannabis venture. Lucky for you, Custom Cones USA are the experts at all things packaging and labeling - offering you not only a one-stop-shop for all things pre-roll but also a one-stop-shop for all the knowledge you may need to acquire to ensure the success of your pre-roll brand!

California is known for their ever-changing rules for cannabis packaging and therefore keeping up with these changes can be rather difficult and can pose a risk to the sustainability of your brand. Your pre-roll brand should make sure to always check back with your states specific department that handles cannabis regulation in order to stay up-to-date with any changes that may occur. That being said, one should always ensure to understand the basics when it comes to cannabis packaging and understand the few basic rules that one should adopt or avoid when launching your pre-roll brand. 
The Basics:
There are a few basic ideals you want to keep in mind when designing the packaging for your pre-rolls - generally these guidelines are fairly universal if you are doing business across multiple states, but again, be sure to check back with each specific state to ensure the correct guidelines are being followed.
In terms of packaging you are going to want to do the following:

- Not attractive to minors:
- Child resistant 
- Tamper evident 
- Resealable if product is for multiple use

Now that you have a general understanding about what to stray away from on your package, lets see some of the basics when it comes to the label that you include on your pre-roll packaging:

- Label is not attractive to minors 
- Make health any sort of health claims 
- Contain the word “organic” 
- Mention a county in California unless the cannabis was 100% grown       and sourced from that county

Keeping in mind the last point about your product being resealable, if you are doing a pre-roll multipack, you are going to want to make sure that the package is resalable in some sort of fashion.
ex. images attractive to minors
The Nuances:
There are a lot of many nuances that should be broken down so you can better understand what exactly should not be included on your packaging/labels as sifting through the legal jargon can be quite difficult for those not generally familiar. 

Like many other states, California mentioned “not be attractive to minors” in reference to cannabis packaging - what this means is that when designing your packaging and labels you want to stray from imagery that would typically be associated with minors or young people. Think bright colors and cartoons. Yes, this would mean you probably should stray away from any sort of cartoon imagery of a character consuming cannabis (or allude to it) just to be on the safe side. 

You also are going to want to include a unique identifier that is placed on the label when packaging your pre-roll product. 

On a state by state basis they may require you to print a specific series of statements that mention the intended use of the product is - California is no different. Be sure to include, in bold, the following statement
“GOVERNMENT WARNING: THIS PACKAGE CONTAINS CANNABIS, A SCHEDULE I CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND ANIMALS. CANNABIS MAY ONLY BE POSSESSED OR CONSUMED BY PERSONS 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER UNLESS THE PERSON IS A QUALIFIED PATIENT. CANNABIS USE WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING MAY BE HARMFUL. CONSUMPTION OF CANNABIS IMPAIRS YOUR ABILITY TO DRIVE AND OPERATE MACHINERY. PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION”
You are also going to want to include the date of cultivation and the specific type of cannabis that is being sold alongside the compounds in the follower (i.e. CBD and THC content).
Thought we were done? We can't forget about the notorious universal symbol! This symbol varies state by state but the nature of the symbol is the same no matter where you are doing business. Be sure to include this symbol on your packaging and not modify it in any way (must remain solid black)
As mentioned before, your pre-roll brand should always be sure to check back with the cannabis board for the state in which you are doing business in. California state has launched a comprehensive resource called the Cannabis Portal which gives you an indepth look at the cannabis regulations for California State. In addition, Custom Cones USA is always willing to help our clients figure out and better understand the packaging and labeling requirements for any state you are doing business in. If you are selling in another state be sure to check our packaging guide which is constantly being updated with new information regarding cannabis and pre-roll packaging across the country! 
Custom Cones USA: Packaging Done Right
Here at Custom Cones USA we are the experts in all things packaging. We offer a variety of packaging options that are sure to comply with each state rule and regulation. We have everything from tamper evident bands to child-resistant push packs and doob tubes. Not sure where to begin? Contact us today and we will be sure to answer any questions you may have!

Check out some of our best selling packaging options below!