2019 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates
In 2018, Missouri legalized medical marijuana. Following the legalization of medical marijuana in Missouri, it adopted a medical cannabis program that would roll out some of its rules, regulations and procedures for selling medical cannabis. As many of the individuals requiring the use of cannabis are elderly, Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services regulates cannabis ordinances.
Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services expects to have its medical cannabis program finalized by June 4 2019.
While laws and regulations are meant to be finalized in the summer of 2019, applicants for medical licenses will need to wait until the fall of 2019 to apply for a medical marijuana license. Medical marijuana growers and distributors are individuals or businesses who will require certification for cultivation, certification for cannabis-infused products, manufacturing procedures, dispensary facilities, and testing facilities.
While most of the regulations around labeling and packaging have not yet been released, some of the general guidelines for labels are listed here:
- Labels must not contain false or misleading statements
- Labels must not cause confusion between the marijuana product and any other commercial product that does not contain marijuana
- Labels must not appeal to minors in any way
- Containers must be clearly and conspicuously labeled in a font size that is at least as large as the larger size used on the package
Other Missouri Marijuana Labeling Requirements
The following information must be placed on the label in this exact order:
- The total weight of marijuana in the package
- Dried, unprocessed marijuana indicated on the package in ounces or grams
- Marijuana concentrates indicated in grams
- Marijuana-infused products indicated by milligrams of THC
- Dosage amounts, instructions for use, and time estimates for how long each dose will have an effect on the patient
- Δ9 – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) potency per dosage, Tetrahydrocannabinol per dosage, cannabidiol dosages, cannabidiol acid dosages, and cannabinol concentration per dosage
- The label must state “Marijuana” or “Marijuana-infused Product”
- The label must include the following warning statement: “ Warning: Cognitive and physical impairment may result from the use of Marijuana”
Other Labeling Requirements (in no particular order):
- All active ingredients
- All inactive ingredients
- No generically-termed ingredients such as “spices” “special blend” or “proprietary blend”; the patient should be able to know what each individual ingredient is
- The name of the strain (or strains if applicable) of marijuana
- The name and address of the cultivating facility where the marijuana package came from
- The name and address of the marijuana-infused product of the manufacturer
- A “use by” or “best by” date
Missouri Marijuana Packaging Requirements
- Packaging must be opaque
- Packaging must be re-sealable or constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five years of age to normally open the package
- Packaging must not contain branding or artwork that obscures the information on the label
- Label may not contain claims of health benefits, but may contain health warnings
While we have listed a few of Missouri’s guidelines here, medical retailers should stay tuned for further legislative amendments this summer.
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. Missouri 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 Show Me 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 Missouri 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.