In California, some cannabis producers and retailers are struggling to keep up with requirements which can seem like overkill or almost unworkable. Last month at the California Cannabis Business Conference (CCBC), a meeting of more than 3,000 area business leaders, a packaging panel voiced some concerns over the state’s new and changing requirements.
State legalization has brought with it new compliance standards, most notably for child resistant packaging, which retailers will have to meet starting in Junuary of 2020. For example, cannabis products such as edibles would require that each dose be individually sealed inside CR packaging or that all doses come in one giant resealable child resistant “primary package.”
This comes from justified fears about children having access to cannabis products but, as industry insiders at the conference pointed out, the standards which are being applied to cannabis are far less strict than those applied to other substances which are potentially more harmful to children such as liquor and tobacco.
Cannabis Troubles In Other Markets
Cannabis packaging requirements have had unintended consequences in other markets as well. As reported by Pack World, some cannabis products in Colorado have been dropped entirely because the costs of acquiring compliant child-resistant packaging made it financially untenable.
Meanwhile a report from Global News in Canada looked at potentially wasteful packaging requirements. Some products incredibly have been coming in packaging which weighed almost 40 times as much as the product itself, with one single gram of weed coming in a 38 gram package.
In light of how many changes there have been to California packaging codes, Jamie Lewis, a cannabis business consultant attending the CCBC said that she’s advising clients to favor smaller volume orders for now.
Even though they cost more per unit, she said you could save money in the long run because regulations change so quickly that it may not be worth it to load up on products.