The Cannabis Act: Compliant Labeling and Packaging

 In Label, news, Product Safety

By: Ivy Tang, Product Safety Specialist email

On June 21, 2018, Bill C-45 officially received Royal Assent. The Bill, also known as the Cannabis Act, will come into effect October 17 and legalize the recreational use of cannabis nationwide. To ensure the risks of cannabis are thoroughly addressed, regulations pertaining to product standards, permits and licenses, and packaging and labeling will be implemented and published in the Canada Gazette Part II.

Despite backlash regarding the strictness of the proposed packaging and labeling regulations, Health Canada will not be providing a transition period to non-medical cannabis products. This means that the packaging and labeling requirements must be met upon the coming into force of the Act.

It is unlikely that a standardized package shape or material will be prescribed, given the multitude of forms of cannabis can be sold in. However, all packages must be child-resistant, tamper-proof, and contaminant-free.

Cannabis must not be packaged in a way that is appealing to young persons. In order to protect youth and inform consumers of health warnings, the product label must contain the following proposed elements:

  • A standardized cannabis symbol
  • A Health Warning Message selected from a provided list and displayed on a yellow background
  • Information pertaining to THC/CBD content
  • The processor address and name, storage conditions, packaging date, expiry date, and net quantity
  • The statement, ‘KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN’
  • No images or graphics are permitted- only one other brand element other than the brand name, such as a logo or slogan
  • Backgrounds must be a single, uniform color, and must contrast with the cannabis symbol
  • Health warnings must be bilingual

For more information on creating compliant labeling and finding packaging manufacturers, contact Dell Tech today.

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