Cannabis Packaging & Child Safety

Friday, December 6th, 2019

When the first winds of legalization began to blow, there of course was much public outcry over the implications of state-led legal cannabis. Valid concerns such as the social and cultural effects of legal weed, its impact on the legal system, and economics were voiced and taken into account when writing specific bills. Chief among these concerns was (and is) of course: Child Safety.

As the children’s toys/candy market evolves at rapid speed to meet the demands of competition, so does the variety of eye-catching devices and packaging methods designed to entice both the child and the parent. We’ve all been in a situation where a child receives a packaged gift, only to disregard the actual gift in favor of the box in which it came.

With this in mind, it is then in the hands of cannabis industry professionals to manufacture effective child-resistant packaging, no matter what the contents of the package may be (flower, concentrates, edibles, vaping tools, etc). In our previous blog we discussed new approaches to cannabis packaging, let’s now talk about the present and future of cannabis packaging and child safety.

Breakdown of Rules/Regulations (CO)

In October, the state of Colorado unveiled a new set of rules aimed at making “marijuana packaging safer for adults, [and] less appealing to children”. Beginning on Oct 1st, all medical and retail marijuana is mandated to show the appropriate universal “THC” symbol on the front of the package. Directly below the symbol, the statement “Contains Marijuana. Keep out of the reach of children” must be visible.

Regarding retail (recreational) marijuana — every single edible serving must now be marked with the universal symbol, if it is not able to be marked (as in the case of powders) it has to come in a single-serving, child-resistant container. If the package has multiple servings, each must be marked with the universal symbol. For medical marijuana, each edible marijuana infused product must be marked with the universal symbol; individual medical marijuana distributors may determine standard portions however they must also all be stamped or marked.

Perhaps one of the most important new rules is that no packaging may contain the words “candy” or “candies” unless they appear in the brand name. All packaging must display appropriate portion and content information, be clear and visible, and may not contain any health or physical benefit claims.

Child-Resistant Cannabis Packaging in 2019

If you walk into any dispensary around the country, whether medical or recreational, you’ll surely notice a vast number of products and packaging styles. With so much innovation happening within the states and abroad (including our neighbor Canada), it is no surprise that we’re seeing a lot of variety. But, are all of these packaging styles effective in doing the most crucial part of their task, child-safety? The only way to be sure is to go with trusted and tested brands.

Here at Point 3 Products, we pride ourselves in not only providing sleek, sustainable packaging solutions for your legal cannabis/hemp needs, we are also leading the way in industry-compliant, child-resistant products. Our team of specialists is constantly working on improving our products so that you’re always getting the safest and most durable packaging on the market.

Looking Forward

Legal cannabis has spearheaded peripheral innovation in many other related industries. From new, more efficient LED lighting, to new techniques in organic cultivation – it’s safe to say that alternative medicine isn’t the only benefit of legalization. Reinventing child-resistant packaging designs for any industry is certainly huge, but it is just the beginning. Moving forward, it seems as though the minds of industry professionals are progressive, optimistic and concerned with conservation and societal improvement. And, here at P3P, we’re primed to lead the way!

Stay tuned to the P3P blog page for more pertinent information on legal cannabis, packaging and beyond!