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Marijuana (2)

Decriminalized Since 2013

Medical Marijuana (1)

Medical since 2010

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2019 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update

Marijuana labels in Rhode Island must adhere to the following regulations:

Labels must contain the following information in plain English:

  • The business or trade name of the compassion center that is selling the product
  • The inventory tracking ID number assigned by the Medical Marijuana Program Tracking System
  • The date that the product was packaged
  • The expiry date or “use by” date
  • The total weight (in ounces or grams) of the marijuana. The weight or volume must be determined accurately with the use of calibrated equipment. Such calibrated equipment must comply with Rhode Island statutes
  • All ingredients must be listed (for edible medicinal marijuana products)
  • The total estimated amount of THC
  • The total estimated amount of CBD
  • A statement disclosing whether pesticides were used during production, growing, and production, and what those pesticides are
  • A statement disclosing whether solvents were used and a statement disclosing what extraction method was used (including any compounds, chemicals, or gases that have been added to product prior to distribution)
  • Instruction for use and administration
  • Instruction for safe storage
  • The following statements must be included on the label:
    • “Warning: Marijuana has intoxicated effects and may be habit forming and addictive. The intoxicating effects of marijuana may be delayed by up to two hours”
    • “Warning: Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under its influence”
    • “Warning: There may be health risks associated with consumption of marijuana”
    • “Warning: For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of reach of children”
    • “Warning: Marijuana should not be used by women that are pregnant or breast feeding”
    • “Warning: Do not take this product across state lines”
    • “Warning: For medical use by a registered patient only. Not for resale”
    • “Warning: This product is not certified to be free of contaminants”
    • “Warning: Smoke is hazardous to your health” (only applicable to marijuana products that are to be smoked)
  • If the cultivator or production facility also produces nuts or regularly comes into contact with allergens, a warning label regarding the use of contact with nuts or allergens should also be clearly displayed on the label. This part of the label should comply with the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004.

Packages must:

  • Be opaque
  • Not contain the word “candy” or “candies”
  • Packaging (preferably plastic) that is 4 mil or greater in thickness (and should be heat-sealed with no easy-pen tabs, dimples, corners, or flaps)
  • For liquid marijuana products, contents should be sealed with metal crown cork style bottle cap
  • Be individually sealed (for solid edible marijuana products that contain more than one serving size in the outer package)
  • Include a measuring cap or dropper for administering liquid products (dropper or measuring cap must be inside the package and not outside the package)

Labels and packages must NOT:

  • Make false or misleading statements or claims about products (including health benefits)
  • Resemble any other commercially-available product
  • Resemble trademarked packaging of any food, baked good, or beverage products
  • Contain statements, artwork, graphics, or design that could lead someone to believe that the package contains anything other than medical marijuana
  • Contain any seal, flag, crest, coat of arms or other logo or sign that could lead someone to believe that the marijuana product has been endorsed, manufactured, or approved for use by any state, county, municipality, agency, institution, or region.
  • Contain any graphics, cartoons, animal characters, or characters that would appeal to children
  • Contain any color schemes that would appeal to children (packaging should be in black and/or white)

2018 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update

Rhode Island banned the sale of cannabis in 1918 and today, this state has some of the strictest laws on large-scale possession. Legalizing marijuana for recreational use has been presented to the Rhode Island General Assembly every year since 2011 but have been held for further study. In 2016 advocates of recreational cannabis revealed a university study showing over 50% of the state residents support legalization. Rhode Island legalized medical marijuana in 2006 and was the eleventh state to do so.

The Ocean State has some of the most severe felony charges for the possession of marijuana. While less than 1oz is only a civil violation and 1oz to 1kg is a misdemeanor, 1-5kg with an intent to distribute is a felony with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. If someone is found in possession of more than 5k with an intent to distribute, the minimum sentence is 25 years. If the the citizen is found in possession with intent to sell within 300 yards of a school, the penalty can be doubled. All sales or growth of marijuana is a felony.

Medical Cannabis Laws in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program oversees all the regulations for dispensaries, patients, providers, and caregivers in the Ocean State. To utilize medical marijuana, the patient must be diagnosed with a qualifying condition such as seizures, PTSD, persistent muscle spasms, nausea, HIV/AIDS, and chronic pain to name a few. In the state of Rhode Island, other conditions are subject to approval buy a medical professional. The possession limit is a liberal 2.5 ounces. Patients are also allowed to grow their own marijuana plants but only in an indoor facility.

Compassion Center Rules in Rhode Island

Cannabis packaging and retail laws are still in development in the Ocean State, but it’s always a good idea to include very specific plans for secure, child-proof, and discrete packaging. As Rhode Island doesn’t allow for edibles or other cannabis products yet (always check with local marijuana regulatory agencies), they do allow for whole plant and plant matter sale. The laws for labeling require a list of the strain, batch, and quantity, as well as warning statements about cannabis.

2017 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update

The Rhode Island Department of Health runs the state’s medical marijuana program, and they’ve set minimums for packaging requirements, but not much else. They require that cannabis product manufacturers label their products with quantity, batch, and strain, and the only required text is a statement about medical use. That said, smart cannabis businesses know that even if the state doesn’t require it, having light proof, tamper evident, and childproof packaging gives both customers and government officials peace of mind.

Here is a quote from the Rules and Regulations Related to the Medical Marijuana Program:

“(j) A description of the packaging of the usable marijuana that the compassion center shall be utilizing which shall, as a minimum, include:

(1) A label containing the name of the strain, batch, and quantity; and

(2) A statement that the product is for medical use and not for resale.”

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