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Marijuana (2)

Decriminalized since 2011

Medical Marijuana (1)

Medical since 2012

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Connecticut State Governing Body Information

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2019 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update

The state better known as the Nutmeg state has fairly clear-cut laws on medical marijuana labeling and packaging. Consistent with other states, general guidelines include tamper-proof packaging, instructions for use, ingredients, and the quantity of the product.
Dispensaries and growers are encouraged to consider reviewing Connecticut’s regulations under Connecticut’s Marijuana Program. Growers, producers and dispensaries may also want to continuously check Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection’s website as it appears that marijuana may soon be legalized in the state. A marijuana bill to legalize recreational marijuana was recently passed in April 2019. Depending on when the next vote takes place, marijuana retailers may soon be able to add recreational marijuana to their shelves.

  • Name: Pharmaceutical Grade Marijuana
  • Pharmaceutical Grade Marijuana must be labeled with results of an active ingredient analysis, microbiological contaminants analysis, mycotoxin analysis, heavy metal analysis and a pesticide chemical residue analysis which have been completed on a batch basis by a laboratory
  • Must contain a producer label (pursuant to section 21a-408-56 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies)
  • Batch number must be identified on the label
  • Instructions on label for directions on use

Marijuana Labels for Dispensaries:

  • Pharmaceutical Grade Marijuana must be labeled with results of an active ingredient analysis, microbiological contaminants analysis, mycotoxin analysis, heavy metal analysis and a pesticide chemical residue analysis which have been completed on a batch basis by a laboratory
  • Must contain a producer label (pursuant to section 21a-408-56 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies)
  • Batch number must be identified on the label
  • Instructions on label for directions on use
  • The serial number that was assigned to the dispensary facility
  • The date of dispensing the marijuana
  • Quantity of marijuana dispensed
  • The name and registration certificate number of the patient (and where applicable, the primary caregiver of the patient)
  • The name of the certifying physician
  • The name of the dispensary
  • The name and address of the dispensary facility
  • Cautionary statements required by the state of Connecticut
  • An expiration date that is prominently displayed on label (based on producer’s recommended conditions of use and storage that can be read and understood by a layperson)
  • (21a-408-56)

Marijuana Labels for Producers:

  • Individual packages cannot contain more than a one-month supply of marijuana
  • Marijuana must be placed in child-resistant package (Child-resistant can be satisfied by complying with the “special packaging” category defined in the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 Regulations, 16 CFR 1700. 1(b)(4).
  • Labels must be in legible English
  • Marijuana must be placed in light-resistant package
  • Name and address of the producer
  • The brand name of the marijuana product that was registered with Connecticut’s department pursuant to section 21a-408-59 of Connecticut’s State Regulations.
  • A Unique serial number that matches the product with a producer batch and lot number
  • The date of final testing and packaging
  • The expiration date
  • The quantity of marijuana contained in the package
  • A terpenes profile and a list of active ingredients
  • The amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
  • The amount of cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)
  • Any other active ingredients that constitute at least 1% of the marijuana batch used in the product
  • A pass or fail rating based on the laboratory’s microbiological, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and chemical residue analysis
  • Labeling must also comply with the Connecticut Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, Connecticut General Statutes, Connecticut General Statutes (sections 21a91 to 21a-120, and sections 21z-151 to 21a-150)

Prohibitions on Producer Labeling:

  • Cannot label products as organic unless marijuana plants have been organically grown as defined in section 21a-92 of the Connecticut General Statutes and the marijuana products have been produced, processed, manufactured and certified to be consistent with organic standards contained in section 21a-92a of the Connecticut General Statutes (sections 21a-91 to 21a-120, and sections 21a-151 to 21a-159.

2018 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update

The Constitution State had followed the rest of the country for the 20th century and kept cannabis criminalized, but they were one of the first states to decriminalize cannabis in 2011. By “decriminalize,” Connecticut (and other states) usually mean that possession of a small amount of cannabis, usually under an ounce, will only be punished with a small fine instead of criminal charges. In a statement following the vote, said in an official statement, ““There is no question that the state’s criminal justice resources could be more effectively utilized for convicting, incarcerating and supervising violent and more serious offenders.”

Only a year later, the Connecticut Senate decided that they would allow marijuana for medical use and the then-governor Malloy signed the medical marijuana bill, Connecticut Public Act 12-55, An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana. These new laws empowered the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program to see that patients with certain medical conditions could safely use cannabis to find relief. Their program focuses on licensing for patients and physicians, and the state will oversee the dispensing and cultivation of medical cannabis.

The program is overseen by the Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection, and its rules and regulations are designed to protect not only consumers, but physicians and medical cannabis business owners as well. Like many other states that have legalized cannabis, the Constitution State requires everyone involved in medical marijuana to be licensed, including patients, physicians, caregivers, cultivators, and dispensaries.

2017 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update

Connecticut medical marijuana packaging and labeling laws treat the products like other medications by requiring detailed labeling, including the amounts of active ingredients in milligram form. Medical cannabis products in Connecticut are also treated somewhat like food in that they are required to go through testing for contaminants, heavy metals, or other harmful chemicals. They also refer back to their medical marijuana registration laws because each package must be labeled with the exact brand name that was registered with the CT Department of Consumer Protection.

You can find the official text of the medical cannabis laws at the State of Connecticut Regulation of the Department of Consumer Protection Concerning Palliative Use of Marijuana.

These specific Connecticut medical marijuana labeling and packaging regulations come from Sec. 21a-408-56 of state cannabis regulations:

A producer shall individually package, label, and seal marijuana products in unit sizes such that no single unit contains more than a one-month supply of marijuana.

A producer shall place any product containing marijuana in a child-resistant and light-resistant package.

A producer shall label each marijuana product prior to sale to a dispensary and shall securely affix to the package a label that states in legible English:

(1) The name and address of the producer;

(2) The brand name of the marijuana product that was registered with the department;

(3) A unique serial number that will match the product with a producer batch and lot number so as to facilitate any warnings or recalls the department or producer deems appropriate;

(4) The date of final testing and packaging;

(5) The expiration date;

(6) The quantity of marijuana contained therein;

(7) A terpenes profile and a list of all active ingredients, including:

(A) tetrahydrocannabinol (THC);

(B) tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA);

(C) cannabidiol (CBD);

(D) cannabidiolic acid (CBDA); and

(E) any other active ingredient that constitutes at least 1% of the marijuana batch used in the product.

(8) A pass or fail rating based on the laboratory’s microbiological, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and chemical residue analysis.

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