Cannabis Business Packaging and Labelling Guide

Cannabis Business Packaging and Labelling Guide

If you’re launching a product or business in the cannabis industry, you have to pay attention to your packaging and labeling. Not only must it be attractive or grab the consumer’s attention, but it must also comply with state regulations. For one thing, cannabis labelling and packaging regulations are an added layer of consumer protection. Still, it’s challenging for multi-state operators because regulations vary from state to state.

Your cannabis product packaging and labelling should reflect your brand and follow the laws and regulations in your jurisdiction. This blog seeks to help cannabis companies learn what the Department of Cannabis Control, California, requires to comply with regarding regulations on the packaging and labelling of cannabis products.

Guide For Cannabis Packaging

1. Opaque packaging

Opaque packaging means that the product can’t be seen through the packaging. It is required when packaging edibles. You must use opaque materials such as colored plastic or glass bottles. Opaque is defined as not transparent or translucent. If a customer can see through your packaging, it’s not compliant with state law, especially in California.

2. Child-Resistant Packaging (CRP)

Child-Resistant Packaging (CRP) is a part of your compliance strategies for packaging that will prevent children from accessing your product without the help of an adult. This type of packaging is required for all cannabis products sold in the legalized states for cannabis in the US.

The package must be designed and constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five to open.

According to the Child-resistant Packaging Guidelines by the Department of Cannabis Control,  there are two types of CRP:

  • Single Use:  It is also described as “Initial CRP.” Here, the package is child-resistant when it is first opened. If consumers use the product, the label must say, “This package is not child-resistant after opening.”
  • Multiple Use:  Also known as Lifetime CRP, Multiple use CRP means the package is designed to maintain its child-resistant status throughout its life, whether it’s opened or closed by consumers.

 3. Tamper Evident

Tamper-evident packaging is designed and constructed to be resistant to tampering or to reveal tampering if it occurs. They can also be referred to as tamper-evident closures; these are the seals or fasteners used on the package.

There are many types of tamper-evident seals and methods for achieving them, but they all have one thing in common. They will break when you try to remove them as part of your standard distribution practices. 

Tamper Evident can be achieved using security seals, holographic images, or some other material that will visually indicate if the package has been tampered with. However, the Department of Cannabis Control California recommends “a plastic seal, a sticker across the lid that is ripped when opened, a jar with a lid that pops up after opening.”

4. Resealable

This is a particularly important consideration for edibles, which are often sold in individual servings. Reusable packaging offers several benefits over non-resealable options:

  • Your customer can decide how much they want to eat or have leftovers for later.
  • It keeps smells and flavors from spilling out repeatedly as they open the package.
  • It’s easier to store multiple servings than one big package of products all at once

Checklist For labelling Cannabis Products

labelling is a crucial part of your cannabis packaging. It’s the first thing customers see when they look at your product, so you have to make sure it looks professional and inviting.

But there’s more to labelling than ensuring the font looks good and the correct colors. You also must ensure that all your products’ labelling complies with regulations.

Here are some dos and don’ts for labelling your cannabis products.


Do keep all of your labels compliant with Department of Cannabis Control regulations. Label all containers clearly, using English. Ensure that the information on the outside of the package is easy to read, using a font size of at least 6 points. Information about ingredients (amount of THC, CBD etc.), warnings, and directions for use are welcome as long as it doesn’t mislead consumers.


You should avoid using images that include children and cartoon characters. You may have seen products with cute little animals on them being sold in dispensaries. The problem is that they appeal to children, who might think they’re candy or gum! Therefore, it’s very important not to include anything on your package that could be misconstrued by customers as edible treats for kids.

California cannabis regulations also discourage using city or county names on the label if less than 100% of the cannabis was grown there.

Final Thoughts

Remember, it is important to familiarize yourself with the law and guidelines applying to your local state. The information in this guide was written to provide insight for California-based companies looking to get started. Cannabis regulations on packaging and labelling differ from state to state. It’s also worth mentioning that these are just guidelines, and every company creating marijuana packaging will have unique needs and challenges. We encourage you to contact RADD CANN with any comments or questions—we’re always happy to help!

At RADD CANN, we ensure your products are compliant by staying up-to-date with the latest packaging, labeling, and marketing requirements in each legal state. We can guide your team through state-issued changes as soon as they’re released. Talk to us today.

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