The Budding Medical Marijuana Market
The North American medical cannabis market is expected to reach a new high of $15.29 billion by 2027, inciting fantastic opportunities in the field. Additionally, marijuana oils, gummies, drinks, personal care products, and syrups are all skyrocketing in sales due to the Green Rush — a period of excitement around the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in some U.S. states. Along with this budding demand for medical marijuana, there’s an increasing need for medical marijuana labels and packaging.
The United States has not legalized marijuana at the federal level, so there is no one standard for medical marijuana labels. With medical marijuana labeling and packaging requirements varying from state to state, you’ll need to ensure you’re compliant in your specific area. Not complying with state regulations can induce the risk of costly fines, product recalls, business closures, or revocation of licenses and certifications.
At Bay Tech Label, we can help you navigate this confusing medical marijuana labeling and packaging process. Click here to contact one of our helpful team members.
Vital Elements of Medical Marijuana Labels
As noted above, there are no federal regulations regarding medical marijuana labels. However, each state has its own rules for what it requires on a label. For most states, you must incorporate a few key elements, including:
- Marijuana Strain Name
- Date Tested
- Lab Name and Test Number Confirmation
- CBD Percentage
- THC Percentage
- Patient and Physician Information
- Active Ingredients
- Manufacturer Information
- Testing Information (i.e., if the product came into contact with any kind of pesticide, insecticide, or other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids)
Common Medical Marijuana Label and Packaging Regulations
The above bullet points are by no means an exhaustive list of what you need to include on your medical marijuana labels, though most states require them. In some states, there are additional precautions you need to take with your medical marijuana labels and packaging.
This list of requirements may be overwhelming, especially if you plan to sell medical marijuana in more than one state. At Bay Tech Label, we have decades of experience with pharmaceutical packaging and nutritional labels. We can help you determine what needs to be on your specific packaging based on your chosen state.
Some states require labels to have specific warnings, including:
- This product is a Schedule I Controlled Substance.
- For medical use only.
- This product may impair a person’s ability to drive or operate machinery and impair coordination, concentration, and judgment.
- Marijuana has intoxicating effects that may be habit-forming and addictive.
- Cannabis use while pregnant or breastfeeding may be harmful.
- For use by adults 21 and older (unless the person is a qualified patient).
- Allergen warnings.
- Prop 65 warning (if in California).
Some states require specific fonts and font sizes on medical marijuana labels. There are also rules against using italics on certain warnings. Some states may even relegate you to using only Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Arial fonts on your labels.
Child-Resistant, Opaque Packaging
In most states, medical marijuana packaging must be child-resistant, meaning it must have some sort of child-resistant lid. However, it also refers to the labeling design. Though you may want to differentiate your medical marijuana labels with unique packaging, your labels cannot appeal to children. Any use of cartoon characters or other designs children find attractive is especially off-limits. The packaging must also be opaque, obscuring the contents thoroughly.
Professional Pharmaceutical Packaging Support
At Bay Tech label, we’re well-versed in all types of pharmaceutical labels, including peel and seal/extended content labels, flexible packaging, and tamper evident labels. No matter your chosen packaging, we’ll be able to manufacture a label for your marijuana product.
Not sure what type of packaging you want for your medical marijuana? Our marijuana FlexPaks are especially desirable because they are cost-effective and have various printing options. These may include white paper, white film, or a silver or gold label. Marijuana FlexPaks are a great choice if your target audience consists of senior citizens. As noted above, medical marijuana packaging must be child-proof. However, a growing number of senior citizens use medical marijuana to manage chronic pain and help them sleep, among other reasons. Child-resistant packaging can be difficult for this demographic to open, which makes our FlexPaks a perfect solution; they are made of tear-resistant material and need to be opened using scissors, making them child-resistant and easy to open for the senior citizen population.
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Bay Tech Label has been providing expert printing services for various industries for decades. As a certified Sustainable Green Printing facility, we are a proud practitioner of green printing and ongoing sustainability initiatives. We also enhance production with our upgraded manufacturing process. We invested in HYBRID software, upgraded motors, enhanced die-cutting, optimized printing operations, and updated finishing equipment to reduce waste, eliminate downtime, and increase consistency for your customers.
Our in-house graphics team is equipped with state-of-the-art flexographic printers and digital printing options to accommodate needs for short and long runs. We can help design your medical marijuana labels or print your already-designed labels.
No matter your needs, we’re here to support you. We stand out as a top label printer because we care about our customers’ products; we want your labels and packaging to convey your brand’s chosen mission and voice.