Why dispensaries should provide the cannabis consumers with ethical packaging
There is much controversy over medical marijuana packaging and making it ethical. There are many standards that producers must follow, and all these guidelines vary by state. This makes it extremely hard for dispensaries, as they must continuously stay up with the laws put in place surrounding marijuana packaging.
There is some hope that there will be national standards put into place, as this will help standardize packaging laws for cannabis across the board. In some cases, it also may place stricter laws then what is already in place for some states.
Issues with Packaging
There are many things that must be considered when designing packaging for medical marijuana. It must be safe for an adult to have in the house with children. Some packaging on products can appear very appealing to young eyes. Things such as edibles or drinks may not seem much different than the juice boxes or candy, they currently consume. Therefore, it is so important that these types of products are packaged so that only the person legally allowed to consume them can.
Here are just some of the issues manufacturers face with packaging marijuana.
- Definition of child-resistant packaging, which must include see-through packaging and be the right thickness.
- Correct warning symbols and statements
- The number of layers included in packaging with the labels and warning on the outer material.
- Ensuring standards for packaging solid edible products is suitable.
- Ensuring standards are met to properly identify the product and list out ingredients for edible and concentrates.
- FDA specifications must be included for allergen warnings on products that can be eaten or ingested.
In all, there are 30 states plus the District of Columbia who has legalized marijuana for medical use. These products are welcome by those seeking their medical value. However, others are concerned that these products will fall into the hands of children.
With all the concern surrounding children, the birth of standardized packaging began. However, it is always being changed, as the packaging is bulky and not environmentally friendly. There are several levels of packaging that a consumer must get through before they reach the product. This is the part the consumers are not happy with and the challenge that marijuana packaging companies are trying to tackle.
Colorado has legalized marijuana for recreational use, and there has been some major concern for children of all ages. There was a study which showed there was a significant increase in marijuana exposure in young children the two years leading up to legalization. The Children’s Hospital of Colorado showed an increasing number in children in the emergency room displaying side effect from marijuana exposure. With more than half coming from marijuana edibles. A portion occurred because they did not contain child-resistant containers.
With this being said, it is easy to see why packaging companies have such strict laws surrounding marijuana packaging.
Based in Pasadena, California, USA Collective Supply is a one-stop shop offering a wide variety of marijuana packaging and labeling products for medical and recreational cannabis dispensaries as well as smoke shops across the country.
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