The National Association of Cannabis Businesses is trying to get ahead of the regulation curve by proposing a set of self-imposed requirements for cannabis packaging. The instigation for this move, according to a statement by the NACB, was Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s withdrawal of federal protections for state-compliant marijuana businesses.
“The rescinding of the Cole Memo in early January was a clear shot across the bow,” the trade group wrote. “The NACB believes that self-regulation is the most effective course of action for NACB Members to control their own destiny in the face of regulators’ growing need to intervene. Creating National Standards that in some cases are more rigorous than state law will help NACB Members protect consumers and demonstrate to regulators, financial institutions and the public that they operate at the highest levels of ethics and responsibility.”
The main emphases of the new standards are on child-proofing and labeling, the two things government agencies might be most likely to go after cannabis businesses for. All in all, there are 8 subsections on rules for child-proof packaging and 14 subsections on how to properly label a cannabis product.
The proposed standards come from a discussion with government officials, NACB members, and experts in relevant fields. Non-compliance with these regulations could result in a business being barred from the NACB “or other consequences.”
Many of the child-proofing requirements are already in place in cannabis-legal states, and are consistent with the regulations from the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 Regulations.
Cannabis concentrates have their own special set of requirements differentiated from those for flowers. For instance, while flowers and trim can be transported in non-child resistant packaging prior to sale, concentrates cannot. They have to stay locked up at all times. Concentrates would also require labels identifying “concentrate type, extraction method, standard operating procedures, and Cannabis batch(es) of origin.”
Among the many labeling requirements in the proposed standard would be: product identification, warning symbols (a THC symbol), warning statements, ingredient list, lab testing information, and, for edibles, allergen warnings and a warning about delayed intoxication effects.
Certain things would also be forbidden from being included in packaging, including unproven health benefit claims and perceived appeals to minors (no cartoons, no use of the word “candy”).
Members will have until February 21, 2018 to comment on the proposals, and can do so right here. After feedback has been processed, the NACB will release a revised set of regulations.
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