Cannabis Packaging and Labeling Requirements for Edibles

Cannabis Packaging and Labeling Requirements for Edibles

The Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act includes basic requirements for how cannabis and cannabis products must be packaged and labeled before sale. State law requires all cannabis and cannabis products to be in child-resistant packaging. Cannabis products must be properly labeled to ensure consumers are informed about what they are purchasing and to prevent unintended use.
Below is a Packaging Checklist for your reference.

  • Tamper Evident: Tamper-proof plastic seal, sticker across lid (tears when opened), pop-up indicators show if package has been opened.
  • Child Resistant: Packaging must meet the standard for child-resistant according to the Federal Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970. Cannot imitate packaging typically used for products marketed to children.
  • Reseal-able (for products with multiple servings): Edible packaging must be able to securely close after each use (Child Resistant Packaging) for the lifetime of the package.
  • Non-Transparent: Edible packaging cannot be transparent, consumers should not be able to see through packaging.

Product labels are broken down into 3 categories:
Primary Panel – The part of the package most likely to be displayed to the consumer at retail; typically the front or top. Font size must be minimum 6pt. Information included on label:

  • Product Identity
  • Universal Symbol (in black, at least .5”x.5”)
  • Net weight or volume (in metric and inch/pound units)
  • THC and CBD per serving (in milligrams”
  • Cannabis-Infused”: These words must be listed above the product identity and in a text size larger than the one used for the product identity.

Informational Panel – Any other part of the outer package. Font size must be minimum 6pt. Information included on label:

  • Government warning statement for cannabis products (in capital letters and bold font)

Supplemental Label – Information included with the product that is not displayed on the outer layer of packaging. Examples include a paper inserted into the packaging, hang tag or peel-back label. Font must be minimum 8pt. QR codes, websites and other methods that separate the information from the product are not acceptable forms of supplemental labels. All of the informational panel requirements, except the government warning statement, may be placed on a supplemental label. Information included on label:

  • Manufacturer name and contact
  • Date of Manufacture
  • List of ingredients (in descending order by weight or volume)
  • Instructions for use and any preparation needed
  • UID Number
  • Expiration, Use-By or Best-By date
  • Batch Number (if any)
  • Sodium, sugar, carbohydrates and total fat (in grams per serving)
  • Allergens (if applicable)
  • Artificial food colorings (if applicable)

For more information on the CDPH regulations of edible packaging and labeling, please visit www.cdph.ca.gov/mcsb.

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