Cannabis packaging laws in New Jersey: what you need to know.
As of April 2022, the state of New Jersey legalized the use of cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes. This new legislation adopted strict regulations regarding the packaging of cannabis products. These packaging laws are designed to protect consumers, prevent underage use, and maintain consistency in product labeling. In this blog post, we'll examine the laws surrounding cannabis packaging in New Jersey and why they matter.
Let's take a closer look at some of New Jersey's key cannabis packaging laws.
Child-Resistant Packaging Requirements
All cannabis products must be packaged in child-resistant packaging that is difficult for children to open. This includes edible products, pre-rolls, and other cannabis-infused items. This requirement is in place to prevent accidental ingestion by children.
Cannabis products must be labeled with specific information, including the product name, the product’s THC and CBD content, and a list of ingredients.
Cannabis products must be packaged in tamper-evident packaging. This means that consumers can easily see if the package has been opened or tampered with, which helps to ensure the integrity of the product.
Packaging Quantity Restrictions
There are restrictions on the amount of cannabis that can be sold in a single package. For example, edible products can contain no more than 10mg of THC per serving and no more than 100mg of THC per package. This is to prevent consumers from accidentally consuming too much THC at one time.
Packaging materials must be of high quality and contain no harmful chemicals that could leach into the cannabis product. Additionally, packaging must be opaque and not allow the contents to be seen from the outside.
All cannabis products must contain health warnings that inform consumers about the potential risks associated with cannabis use, such as the risks of driving under the influence, the potential for addiction, and the risks of using cannabis during pregnancy.
Cannabis packaging and advertising cannot be designed to appeal to children. This means that packaging cannot feature cartoon characters or other child-friendly designs.
Sustainable Packaging Requirements
In addition to the packaging laws outlined above, cannabis businesses in New Jersey must also comply with sustainable packaging requirements. New Jersey requires that all packaging used for cannabis products must be recyclable, reusable, or compostable. This means that businesses must avoid using single-use plastic packaging and must use materials that can be recycled or repurposed. In addition, businesses must ensure that their packaging does not contain any harmful chemicals that could leach into the environment.
Overall, the packaging laws in New Jersey are designed to promote safety, transparency, and consistency in the cannabis industry. These laws ensure that consumers have access to accurate information about the products they are purchasing and that cannabis products are packaged in a way that is safe for adults and children.