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If you’ve ever been inside of a cannabis dispensary, you’ve likely noticed the cannabis labels. Every state with medical and/or recreational dispensaries has its own packaging and labeling laws. In California, the packaging must be tamper-evident, child-proof, and, for products with multiple uses, it must be resealable.

Licensed dispensaries and manufacturers must follow proper California labeling regulations, in addition to specific packaging requirements. Nevertheless, here’s what you can expect to find on cannabis labels in California.

General Label Informationcannabis product label

In the state of California, cannabis and cannabis-infused products must be labeled with two separate panels. The primary panel contains the following information:

  • The name or ID number of the product
  • The official THC symbol for the state of California
  • The volume or net weight of the product
  • The amount of THC and CBD in the product (measured in milligrams)
  • The amount of THC and CBD in each serving (in milligrams)
  • Cannabis-infused products must contain the phrase “cannabis-infused”
  • Cannabis buds are typically labeled with the strain, whether the buds are Indica or Sativa (or a hybrid), and the grower’s name

The second panel, or informational panel, must contain:

  • The name and contact information of the licensed manufacturer
  • The dates of the cannabis product’s creation and packaging
  • A government warning label informing the buyer that the product contains cannabis, a Schedule I controlled substance. Additionally, the warning must also state that the product is not meant for children or pets. Lastly, it should only be used by individuals 21 and older unless the person is a qualified patient
  • The proposition 65 warning label (which must be present on any products that could potentially cause cancer)

THC Labels

California requires any cannabis or cannabis-infused products to have a THC label. Secondly, the label must be visible and no smaller than 0.5 by 0.5 inches in size. Additionally, the state provides a specific design that needs to be followed exactly by dispensaries. Even though the design has to be the same, the label itself may vary in color. Therefore, allowing dispensaries to place a label that stands out from the packaging.

Labels for Edibles

Edibles sold in California dispensaries are sold in opaque packaging. In addition, these products contain an additional label that provides additional product information, including:

  • A full list of the ingredients used to make the edible
  • A list of common allergens, if any
  • Total fats, carbohydrates, sugar, and sodium per serving (listed in grams)
  • Any artificial food colorings used in the making of the product

Medical Cannabis Labels

For medical cannabis, dispensaries need to label their products with specific language to follow California packaging and labeling laws. Moreover, the cannabis label should contain the following information:

  • A full list of the ingredients in the product from highest to lowest percentage
  • Specific dosing and preparation instructions
  • The batch number and unique ID code
  • A “best by” or “use by” date
  • The words “for medical use only”

California, along with other states that have legalized medical and/or recreational cannabis, has unique packaging and labeling laws. Therefore, reading a cannabis label will provide you a significant amount of information about the product, which can help you to determine the best products to meet your specific needs.

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