Florida State Governing Body Information
2019 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update
The sunshine state has limited laws on marijuana and cannabis products. Accordingly, a few of the current updates on Florida’s labeling and packaging requirements have been outlined below. Stayed tuned for further updates on Florida’s regulations.
Florida Packaging Requirements
- All packaging must comply with the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970
Florida Packaging Requirements for Edibles
- Packaging must be plain, opaque, and white
- Packaging must not contain images of content inside
- Packaging must not contain any images other than the medical marijuana treatment center’s department-approved logo and the Universal Marijuana Symbol
- The edible package must also contain the following:
- Edible’s ingredients
- Instructions for storage
- An expiration date
- A warning to keep the product away from children and pets
- A warning that the edible item has NOT been produced or inspected according to federal food safety laws
Florida Labeling Requirements
- A statement stating that the marijuana contained in the products or low-THC cannabis meets the requirements set all applicable testing requirements
- The name of medical marijuana treatment center where the marijuana came from
- The batch and harvest number where the marijuana came from
- The date the marijuana was dispensed from the marijuana treatment center
- The name of the physician who provided the physician certification for the medical marijuana
- The full legal name of the patient
- The product name
- The dosage form, including the total amount of Δ9 – tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol
- Recommended dose per serving
- A statement indicating that it is illegal to transfer or provide medical marijuana to another person or company
- The package must contain a universal symbol as required by the Department
- The package must contain a patient information insert containing the following information:
- Universal marijuana symbol
- Clinical pharmacology
- Instructions of use
- Dosage and how the drug is to be administered
- Forms of dosage and strengths of dosage
- Reasons in which the drug may not be suitable for a patient (given certain conditions)
- Warning and precautions
- Adverse health reactions
Labels must not:
- Contain names that appeal to children
Packaging for Marijuana Edibles
- Packaging should only be wrapped with the marijuana universal symbol
- Packaging must be opaque
- Packaging must be plan and white without imagery or graphics of marijuana
2018 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update
From Florida Senate Bill 8A
e. Package the marijuana in compliance with the United States Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970, 15 U.S.C. ss. 1471 et seq.
f. Package the marijuana in a receptacle that has a firmly affixed and legible label stating the following information:
(I) The marijuana or low-THC cannabis meets the requirements of sub-subparagraph d.
(II) The name of the medical marijuana treatment center from which the marijuana originates.
(III) The batch number and harvest number from which the marijuana originates and the date dispensed.
(IV) The name of the physician who issued the physician certification.
(V) The name of the patient.
(VI) The product name, if applicable, and dosage form, including concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol. The product name may not contain wording commonly associated with products marketed by or to children.
(VII) The recommended dose.
(VIII) A warning that it is illegal to transfer medical marijuana to another person.
(IX) A marijuana universal symbol developed by the department.
11. The medical marijuana treatment center shall include in each package a patient package insert with information on the specific product dispensed related to:
a. Clinical pharmacology.
b. Indications and use.
c. Dosage and administration.
d. Dosage forms and strengths.
f. Warnings and precautions.
g. Adverse reactions.
12. Each edible shall be individually sealed in plain, opaque wrapping marked only with the marijuana universal symbol. Where practical, each edible shall be marked with the marijuana universal symbol. In addition to the packaging and labeling requirements in subparagraphs 10. and 11., edible receptacles must be plain, opaque, and white without depictions of the product or images other than the medical marijuana treatment center’s department-approved logo and the marijuana universal symbol. The receptacle must also include a list all of the edible’s ingredients, storage instructions, an expiration date, a legible and prominent warning to keep away from children and pets, and a warning that the edible has not been produced or inspected pursuant to federal food safety laws.
The history of marijuana in Florida started in 1933 with the press and police blaming the cause of a crime on the use of marijuana. Despite later downplaying cannabis’ involvement in the crime, the citizens of Florida still called for new laws on the drug. In 2014, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that limited a prosecutor’s ability to prosecute people in possession of high CBD, low THC marijuana — a drug mostly used to treat seizures, since
The Sunshine State’s first attempt to legalize medical marijuana in 2014 failed after not getting the minimum 60% majority vote required. During 2014, Florida lawmakers passed the “Charlotte’s Web” measure, named after a strain of medicinal cannabis that is low in THC. This early measure allowed possession of medicinal cannabis that is low in THC, the chemical in cannabis that causes the “high,” as well as high in CBD, or cannabidiol, During the 2016 national elections, Florida passed Amendment 2 with a 70% majority.
Florida’s Amendment 2 allows the use of medicinal marijuana for those suffering from many state-approved medical conditions including AIDS, HIV, PTSD, glaucoma, and cancer. Under Amendment 2, Florida physicians can give a prescription for medical cannabis to any patient that they believe can benefit from low THC/high CBD marijuana use. The Patient is entered into their state medical marijuana registry, and then they can get cannabis at licensed medical marijuana treatment centers. Smoking marijuana isn’t allowed, but patients can consume marijuana or CBD as edibles, vapes, oils, sprays, or pills.