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Aren’t all state marijuana regulations the same?

The answer to that is complicated, but we are talking about the law. Cannabis is still an emerging market from a business perspective and a new type of controlled substance from a legal standpoint as well. Though the laws about cannabis vary based on the individual state in which you are operating your medical marijuana business, most regulations are concerned with similar themes.

Medical Marijuana Packaging Laws

Cannabis packaging must be secure and/or sealed, and many states require child-proof or child-resistant packaging such as “push and turn” caps on bottles or new locking plastic slides on mylar bags, but all packaging should lock in some way. Many states have regulations about the amount of product that can be sold in individual packages, either by dose or by weight. Some states require specialized packaging to leave a retail establishment with medical marijuana products. The added benefit of this kind of secure packaging is that your customers will feel more secure with their legal medical cannabis purpose.

Medical Marijuana Labeling Laws

Labeling regulations for medical cannabis are also very specific, but they’re concerned with dosage, mostly. A lot of states require edibles labels to state the amount of THC and CBD, the active chemicals in cannabis, just like pharmaceutical and OTC medications list dosages. Many states are very specific about packaging cannabis products by dose as well, as a public safety issue. Like packaging laws, most cannabis labeling laws are also concerned with keeping these products out of the hands of children, requiring that the labels don’t have cartoons or anything else that might be appealing to them.

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