As of June 30th, brands' cannabis products will most likely be non-compliant


Yes, you read that right. As of June 30, 2019 many brands’ products will be non-compliant due to the updated package regulations by California’s BCC. The California Department of Public Health has mandated that “any inhalable cannabis product” should be marked with the universal symbol. This means that hardware, like vapes and vape cartridges, will now need to be labeled with the universal symbol if they want to remain compliant and continue to be sold in retailers. Previously, only the packaging itself needed to be labeled.

This is the timeline of execution for the new product requirements:

  • •Cannabis and cannabis product packaging that was compliant under the emergency regulations but is no longer compliant under the permanent regulations can be transferred to a licensed distributor until June 30, 2019.
  • •Licensed retailers may sell these cannabis products through December 31, 2019.

If you’re a retailer, you still have a little more time to get rid of the products, but are expected to destroy the items after December 31, 2019.

Now the question is why? The BCC hasn’t justified this new regulation ultimately leaving brands in the air. The Bureau is now expecting brands and manufacturers  to re-invest significant amounts into re-labeling products that were compliant a few weeks ago. Ultimately, this hurts the players who are trying to operate correctly and props up those who don’t abide by (or have the resources to abide by) the constantly-evolving arbitrary regulations.

We at WebJoint feel your pain, this is reminiscent of last year’s switch from whole weight to pre-packaged items – it put brands and retailers in a difficult position, costing them time and money to stay compliant with regulations. So, we compiled all the assets from the BCC that outline the expectations for compliant product packaging and labeling. 

We also did some graphic design work for the universal symbol, as the BCC only provides a JPEG of the logo. *sigh*

Although, this guide is in respect to branding your cannabis delivery, we can still apply those concepts to the packaging.


The materials made available in this blog are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your cannabis attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.

Written by Alvaro Wong

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