How often do you wonder, “what are the active ingredients in this delightful meal I’m having?” For many Americans, knowing what is in the food or medicine we are consuming is a huge component of our consumer needs. There are a number of agencies that are tasked with regulating packaging at the federal level. The Food & Drug Administration regulates food and drugs; the US Department of Agriculture regulates agriculture, meat, and poultry; the Alcohol, Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau regulates Wine, Malt Beverages, and Distilled Spirits. And so, the question many of you might have is who regulates cannabis packaging? The answer is pretty simple. Until it is federally legal, the states regulate cannabis packaging. Cannabis packaging requirements vary by state to state, although there are definitely some common nuances to each state. For example, some requirements include: clearly labeling all products as a cannabis or marijuana product and making sure that the active ingredients THC, CBD, or other cannabinoids are included on the label. This ensures that the packaging cannot be attractive to children. A warning label that might say, GOVERNMENT WARNING: THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS CANNABIS, A SCHEDULE I CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. One lesson I’ve learned while working in the cannabis space is that regulation and business doesn’t necessarily see eye to eye. Last year in the state of Oregon, cannabis operators were required to go through several hurdles and changes as it related to packaging their cannabis products. The result – time and money wasted.
On this episode of Cannabis Business Minds, Bill and Rick join Simone to discuss compliance and packaging in the regulated cannabis market. This episode is jam-packed with some key takeaways on the Oregon cannabis market as well as learning why packaging and labeling can make or break your brand. Check it out here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cannabis-packaging-and-compliance-with-dank-creative/id1135092442?i=1000396760315&mt=2.
On Cannabis Business Minds, Simone Cimiluca-Radzins and Kristen Yoder interview today’s most successful Cannabis entrepreneurs and professionals. If you’re looking for quick, easy, and value added information about doing business in the cannabis industry, then look no more. Each episode of Cannabis Business Minds will provide you valuable tips and insight from industry leaders that you can apply to your own business or career.