As one of the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana, Colorado is often in the forefront of marijuana use and marijuana packaging and labeling legislation. Changes are coming to Colorado’s labeling requirements in 2016. With a view to what other states might need to change in the future, MMC Depot reviews Colorado’s new marijuana labeling changes and regulations.
Voluntary edibles changes
With no legislative mandate (itself a change) Colorado’s own Cannabis Chamber of Commerce is asking its members to stop selling edibles in the form of humans or animals that may appeal to children who believe they are candy. Edible manufactures are being asked to cease productions of these candies by Oct. 2016. Retail merchants will stop selling common edibles such as Gummy Bears and Sour Patch Kids in these shapes. This voluntary change will affect 43 member organizations with over a thousand employees.
Mandatory edibles regulations
In Colorado the lack of required statements on container labels is a rising area of noncompliance in retail marijuana packaging. The same day, Oct.1, 2016 that the voluntary edibles change goes into effect new, mandatory, edibles marijuana labeling requirements will begin. The first requirement is the diamond THC sign, which must be on the label, or on the edibles product itself.
The sign must be on a specific place on the label, and molded or written in edible ink on the product. This will mean changes in packaging design and changes in the production of edibles.
There are a number of other new regulations. The word candy is forbidden on edibles. Normal candy cannot be purchased and then sprayed with cannabis oil. There will be a limit on how many milligrams of edibles may be purchased by tourists and Colorado natives.
Organic labeling changes
In February, Denver health officials confiscated thousands of pounds of marijuana, because of concerns that they were contaminated with pesticides illegal in other crops. Many of these plants were eventually returned, but officials were disturbed that the marijuana products labels indicated that they were organic. Colorado legislators have sponsored a bill requiring state-sanctioned labels with strict requirements as to what constitutes an organic marijuana product.
Other states are watching as Colorado makes voluntary and involuntary changes to recreational and dispensary marijuana labels. They are watching as Colorado debates even more marijuana labeling changes. As marijuana packaging and labeling experts MMC Depot is on top of any changes in Colorado and in any other state where marijuana is being legally sold. We will immediately notify retailers of changes that they need to make to their marijuana packaging labels. For a complimentary review of compliant marijuana packaging in your state call us at 1800.783.1224 or visit www.mmcdepot.com.