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2018 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update


With a history of having relaxed laws on many things lawmakers consider undesirable, it’s no surprise that Nevada was successful in the wave of medical cannabis legalization during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Since the passage of Question 9 in 1998 and again in 2000, the the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act has governed patients, providers, and caregivers in the Silver State.

Nevada did have some possession laws still on the books, including felonies and jail time for serious marijuana offenses, but even those laws have been relaxed even further with the passage of Question 2 in 2016, which legalized some forms of possession and private recreational use, as well as set laws for retail sale, including packaging and labeling of cannabis products.

Medical Cannabis Laws in Nevada

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) runs the NV Medical Marijuana Program, and still the state’s cardholder registry and oversees the sale of medical cannabis in the state. Originally, Nevadan patients were given medical cannabis cards only if they had one of the typical diseases, including AIDS and cachexia (or physical wasting due to terminal illness). The list was recently expanded to include benefits found in current research such as PTSD and chronic pain.

Retail Cannabis Business Rules for Nevada

As of early 2018, there were over 60 registered dispensaries operating in The Silver State. Cannabis business wishing to open in Nevada are allowed to put in applications for registration with the NV Department of Taxation, which also oversees the financial side of their medical program. The laws in Nevada for packaging are VERY specific, down to the thickness of the plastic and the type of top on bottles containing liquid cannabis products. They also require child-resistant cannabis packaging, as well as labeling stating that it contains marijuana. As always, please consult the links below for specific rules, especially for packaging.

2017 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update


The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health run their medical marijuana program, and they’ve published several different laws pertaining to packaging and labeling cannabis products. Their packaging regulations for medical marijuana products include child-resistant packaging with a heat seal. These regulations get real specific as well by requiring that all plastic packaging be four or more millimeters in thickness. Luckily, commercial packaging experts can tell you exactly how thick their containers are, so you’ll be in compliance.

Both cannabis packaging guidelines and labeling regulations for medical marijuana in Nevada are very detailed. They require that the growers of the raw cannabis label their products with lot numbers, harvest dates, and other information. Retail cannabis establishments also have detailed labeling instructions, which

For all the specifics about guidelines for packaging cannabis products in the state, see the Nevada Administrative Code.

“NAC 453A.500 Packaging: Generally. (NRS 453A.370):

  • Any product containing marijuana must be packaged in child-resistant packaging in accordance with 16 C.F.R. § 1700 or the standards specified in subsection 2 or 3.
  • Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, marijuana-infused products in solid or liquid form must be packaged in plastic which is 4 millimeters or more in thickness and must be heat-sealed without an easy-open tab, dimple, corner, or flap so that it is difficult for a child to open and as a tamperproof measure.
  • Marijuana-infused products in liquid form may be sealed using a metal crown cork-style bottle cap.
  • Any container or packaging containing usable marijuana, edible marijuana products, or marijuana-infused products must protect the contents from contamination and must not impart any toxic or deleterious substance to the usable marijuana or marijuana product.”

Labeling requirements for marijuana and related products for sale to medical marijuana dispensary (NRS 453A.370):

A cultivation facility or facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products shall label all marijuana, edible marijuana products, and marijuana-infused products before it sells the marijuana or marijuana products to a medical marijuana dispensary and shall securely affix to the package a label that includes, without limitation, in legible English:

(a) The name of the medical marijuana establishment and its medical marijuana establishment registration certificate number;

(b) The lot number;

(c) The date of harvest;

(d) The date of final testing;

(e) The date on which the product was packaged;

(f) The cannabinoid profile and potency levels and terpenoid profile as determined by the independent testing laboratory;

(g) If the product is perishable, the expiration date; and

(h) The quantity of marijuana being sold.

NAC 453A.510 Labeling requirements for usable marijuana sold at retail; accompanying materials. (NRS 453A.370)

1. A medical marijuana dispensary must affix to each container or package containing usable marijuana sold at retail a label which must include, without limitation:

(a) The business or trade name and the medical marijuana establishment registration certificate number of the cultivation facility that cultivated and sold the usable marijuana.

(b) The lot number.

(c) The date and quantity dispensed, including the net weight measured in ounces and grams or by volume, as appropriate.

(d) The name and registry identification card number of the patient and, if applicable, the name of his or her designated primary caregiver.

(e) The name and address of the medical marijuana dispensary.

(f) The cannabinoid profile and potency levels and terpenoid profile as determined by the independent testing laboratory.

(g) A warning that states: “This product may have intoxicating effects and may be habit forming.”

(h) The statement: “This product may be unlawful outside of the State of Nevada.”

(i) The date on which the marijuana was harvested.

2. The label required by subsection 1 for a container or package containing usable marijuana sold at retail must be in substantially the following form: [FORM TEMPLATE]

3. A medical marijuana dispensary must provide with all usable marijuana sold at retail accompanying material that discloses any pesticides applied to the marijuana plants and growing medium during production and processing and contains the following warnings:

(a) “Warning: This product may have intoxicating effects and may be habit-forming. Smoking is hazardous to your health.”

(b) “There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.”

(c) “Should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.”

(d) “For use only by the person named on the label of the dispensed product. Keep out of the reach of children.”

(e) “Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.”

4. The text used on all accompanying material must be printed in at least 12-point font and may not be in italics.

(Added to NAC by Div. of Pub. & Behavioral Health by R004-14, 3-28-2014, eff. 4-1-2014)”

Text quoted from NAC Chapter 453A – Medical Use of Marijuana. The Code contains detailed information about labeling for cannabis edible products as well.

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