Cannabis Labeling and Shipping Laws
Medical cannabis has been a source of healing and pain management for many people across the country. But the industry is one of the most regulated industries in the country and has strict Cannabis Labeling and Shipping Laws as well.
If we want this industry to stay legal and valid, we have to stay current with all the laws and regulations as they are being developed.
Let’s go over the required medical cannabis labeling and then we’ll discuss state laws.
Medical Cannabis Labeling
Here you find the different parts of a medical marijuana label and packaging and some things that might be required on a label in your state.
Total THC/Maximum THC:
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the primary psychoactive chemical in Cannabis. Just like most other drugs, the amount of this substance is measured in milligrams when referring to edibles and tinctures and percentages for the actual plant strains.
The varying percentages and milligrams are used to treat varying degrees of pain and illness. Anything above 20% is a high THC level in cannabis strains. And 20MG is a large dose in edibles. While some prescriptions for cancer patients can go as high as 100+ milligrams.
THCA or tetrahydrocannabinol acid is the raw form of THC. It’s not psychoactive. And to make it psychoactive, you have to put it through a process called decarboxylation.
On a cannabis label, this indicates how much TCH will be released once the plant has been heated up. The more THCA the more of the psychoactive effects will occur when you heat up the plant.
If you Google this, don’t click the first link. It doesn’t stand for California Band Directors Association when you see it on a medical cannabis label. It does stand for Cannabidiolic Acid. This is a compound that when heated turns into Cannabidiol or CBD. A non-psychoactive Cannabis ingredient.
As with any naturally grown product cannabis can grow bacteria. Medical cannabis is tested through a microbiology screen. Some labels will give a likelihood of growing bacteria.
There is an acceptable level of micro-organism on your cannabis and this will be given a pass. But some states require a more thorough reporting with levels in decreasing levels of bacterial growth potential from a pass.
What Do States Laws Say?
A total of 28 states now allows medical marijuana within their borders. And of course, the laws on medical cannabis labeling will differ wildly from state to state.
As far as shipping goes, you cannot use the USPS to ship your medical marijuana.
Security companies are getting in the business of shipping marijuana just like the cash vault trucks. And in states like Colorado and Washington, you have to apply for state retailer licenses before you can ship within the state.
To keep up with the current regulations consult your local governance. More and more states are opening their doors to medical cannabis. And more and more people benefit from this wondrous bit of medicine each day.
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