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Medical since 2019

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Not Recreational

2019 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates

Although medical marijuana in Louisiana has been legalized, it is not yet available in the state of Louisiana until May 2019. While it prepares to roll out further regulations and amendments to its marijuana statutes, Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry has outlined the required regulations that medical dispensaries in Louisiana must follow.

Common names for marijuana in Louisiana include medical grade cannabis and cannabinoid

In Louisiana, labels must contain the following information:

  • The batch number assigned by the licensee to the marijuana plants from which the medical marijuana used in the product was harvested
  • The dosage of the medical cannabis entire dosage per use (as approved by Louisiana’s department)
  • A complete list of solvents, chemicals and pesticides used in the creation of any medical marijuana concentrate
  • Potency of THC and CBD in the product, express in milligrams (for each cannabinoid)
  • The net weight (using a standard of measure compatible with the Louisiana Medical Marijuana Tracking System)
  • The label must contain a statement that the product has been tested for contaminants and that there were no adverse findings of contaminants on the date of testing
  • Labels must not contain false or misleading statements regarding health or physical benefits to the customer
  • Each label must contain the following statements:
    • “Contains Medical Marijuana. For Medical Use Only. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN”
    • “There may be additional health risks associated with the consumption of this product for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning on becoming pregnant”
    • “It is illegal for any person to possess or consume the contents of the package other than the qualifying patient”
  • All text on the label must be no smaller than 1/16th of an inch
  • All text must be in English
  • All text must be unobstructed and conspicuous
  • The following information is suggested (but not required):
    • Product information on dietary restrictions and compatibility
    • A nutritional fact panel
  • A product expiration date. The product expiration date is the date that indicates that the product will no longer be fit for consumption. If you do not want to use an expiration date, there is an option of using a “use by” date in which the product will no longer be optimally fresh*

*Once an “expiration date” or “use by” date has been printed on a label, the dispensary cannot alter or change the dates.

Packaging Requirements

  • Packaging must be child-resistant, light resistant, and tamper-proof
  • Packaging must be re-sealable if the product is intended to be used multiple times\
  • Packaging must not target individuals below the age of 21

Packaging must not:

  • Contain misleading, false or deceptive statements or assertions regarding the product
  • Contain statements that assert that products are safe since they are regulated by Louisiana’s department. Although the licensed marijuana clinic ay indicate that products have been tested by a Louisiana-approved laboratory, the clinic cannot state that its products are safe since they have been approved by such a laboratory
  • Resemble any trademarked packaging of candy, snacks, baked goods or beverages
  • Resemble any characteristics of candy, snacks, baked goods or beverages
  • Resemble any product-specialized (or commercial packaging) of any candy, snack, baked good or beverage
  • Use the word “candy” or “candies”
  • Use a cartoon, color scheme, image or graphic (or feature) that may appeal to children
  • Use a seal, flag, crest, coat of arms or insignia that would lead a person to believe that the product has been endorsed or used by any state. This includes a parish, municipality or agent of a state

2018 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates

Many states still follow US Federal guidelines for cannabis, classifying it as an illegal drug with no medicinal value and addictive qualities. Louisiana is one of those states, considering cannabis as a Schedule I narcotic. A Schedule 1 narcotic is a drug with “no health benefits and a high potential for abuse.” The “no health benefits” part of that statement is what most cannabis activists are trying to challenge. Despite that, individuals can still face charges if they’re in possession of cannabis, and legal consequences can be more severe if the amount of cannabis is over what is considered enough for “personal use.”

Current Medical Cannabis Laws

Lawmakers in many states, including the Pelican State, are still working with lobbyists, scientists, and law enforcement to decide on the question of legal cannabis in the state. The question may also be put to voters to decide, depending on the state laws. Many states begin the path toward legalizing cannabis by relaxing possession laws, so you should check with Louisiana state government  to see current laws and regulations regarding cannabis dispensaries in the state.

Current Cannabis Research

Scientists have been studying the chemicals that create the physical and mental effects of cannabis, called cannabinoids. They have isolated the chemical (THC) that causes the mental impairment, intoxication, and occasional anxiety many experience with cannabis use. The other major chemical is cannabidiol, or CBD. While THC is illegal in all states, the legality of CBD varies state by state.

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