WA cannabis regulators OK new deadline for packaging, labeling and design rules

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The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis board voted Wednesday to give marijuana retailers, cultivators and concentrates and infused product manufacturers until Jan. 1, 2020, to comply with all packaging, labeling and design rules that regulators approved last year.


The new regulations:

  • Require an additional universal symbol on packaging for all marijuana products.
  • Restrict all marijuana cultivators and concentrates and infused product manufacturers from making health and wellness claims on labels or in advertising.
  • Prohibit “brightly colored” marijuana-infused food and beverages; such products must be “dull in color.”
  • Designate approved shapes for edible products and approved background and accent colors for packaging and labeling of infused food and beverage products.

According to a letter the board sent to licensees this week, the board’s vote Wednesday means licensees will have the remainder of 2019 to sell out of existing inventory and update their packaging and labeling to meet the new requirements.

Also, all new packaging, labeling and product design rules will be enforced beginning Jan. 1, 2020.