By Laura Qidong Durgin
With 23 states and the District of Columbia having legalized recreational and medical marijuana, the packaging of the products in the industry is becoming more critical and is under deeper scrutiny by regulatory authorities. Each state enforces its own rules of how cannabis products should be packaged.
While most states have their own regulations, some adopt rules from others or have no official rules. It is important for Producers, Processors and Retailers to know and understand these regulations. Over the last few moths, the regulations for edible and infused product packaging have become stricter requiring differentiation from similar non-cannabis products and in some cases requiring single dosage servings. This is mainly due to issues of misuse the proper dosage and the attractiveness of edibles to children.
The following table lists the regulatory summary and link of each state’s rule for cannabis packaging. Referring and following these rules in the specific market that your business is in is essential to the success of the business and its positive social impact.
Laura Qidong Durgin is an MBA Candidate at Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, who holds her Master’s Degree, Electrical Engineering from Purdue and her Bachelor’s Degree from Beijing Institute of Technology. Laura is working on developing her business plan for starting her own packaging company serving the cannabis industry.