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What to Print on California Cannabis Labels?

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Cannabis products are legal, having strict laws for adult consumption in California. There are different acts in place to observe compliance with the law. For the labeling disclosure, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is in-charge; and it has issued a set of guidelines to be followed by the manufacturer or the seller of the cannabis products.

We’ll discuss these guidelines here in this article. For cannabis products, waste materials, etc., the cannabis labeling guidelines are different. So, make sure to scroll to the right section when looking for a specific type of cannabis product.

Sections in labeling cannabis:

There are two main sections that the rules require you to follow, the primary panel and the information panel.

General Labeling requirement for cannabis products:

Primary Panel:

In the primary panel section, only the most vital information about the product is included. Besides, it is located at the top or at the front of the product packaging.

Information panel:

It is a secondary source of information that contains additional insights into the products and their usage. It can be anywhere below the primary panel or at the backside of the product.

Cannabis Flower Labels in California:

What to include in the primary panel?

According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the primary panel must include information like net weight, California’s universal symbol (at least 0.5” x 0.5”, printed in black), and the product identifier.

What to include in the information panel?

You must include the following in the information panel of the cannabis products:

UID number: this is the number issued by the government for maintaining the tracking system.

Licensee’s information: name of the licensee and phone number (or website address) are the attributes required in this regard.

Government warning statement: Here is the statement that the government of California officially provides to be included on the label. You can add it in the information panel section.

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.

Manufactured Cannabis Products:

The manufactured cannabis products include gummies, cookies, beverages, and concentrates.

More or less, the requirement for manufactured cannabis products is the same. You might need to add a few things to the labels, and we have shared them in this section:

What to include in the Primary panel?

The three primary things included in the general section have to be a part of this panel, along with the word “Cannabis-infused.” You have to clearly mention that the gummies or the other manufactured products have used cannabis in them.

What to include in the Information Panel?

Similarly, the information panel must include all the important points mentioned in the general section along with:

Batch or lot number: it is the information related to the production, and you must include it the part of the information label

Date of manufacturing/expiry date: both these dates must be visibly printed on the label of the manufactured cannabis product.

List of ingredients: The complete list of ingredients, nutritional information, and the allergens statement must be included on the label too.

CRV Recycling information: it applies to beverages for bottle or container recycling.

Preparation and use: The statement for its preparation, use, and storage is essential to be part of the label.

Cannabis waste labeling Requirement:

Discarded vape pens and batteries, Concentrates and extracts created using solvents like butane and ethanol, and Pesticides used in the cultivation area, a few waste products of cannabis. While disposing of them, special care must be taken, and labeling procedures must be followed.

Here is what you specifically need to do for labeling your cannabis waste products:

You must mention Hazardous Waste” on the container with the specific details of what this waste actually is.

Besides, it is essential to mention the Accumulation Date on the container. So the total storage time on site can be identified. You cannot keep the hazardous waste longer than the permitted time.

For some types of cannabis waste, the information about the waste generators must also be mentioned on the labels. However, it is not essential in all cases.

Summing up:

Ensure labeling of the cannabis products depending upon the rules and regulations set by the Californian government. Any non-compliance with the set rules can cost you up to $70,000 in fees and penalties. So, be vigilant while labeling cannabis products.

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