Many have noticed how labeling rules, both in the food industry and in the controversial “herb” market, seem very nitpicky. From font size to exact words to be printed and everything in between, the regulatory boards do have some pretty strict guidelines for labeling. This is, nevertheless, for a good reason. It just makes sense that labels are standardized, whether it’s a nutrition label or a compliance label. Such rule ensures that important information are given consistently across products and in a way that is comprehensive to consumers.

In California, two panels are necessary for compliant packaging: the Primary panel where product label and net weight are shown and the Information panel where government warning, CA universal symbol, ingredients list, usage instruction, best by date, and batch number are indicated. California has issued two government warning messages, one for non-flower products and another for all flower products. Misleading information and false claims are, of course, prohibited from being included in labels.

The stringent labeling rules were basically made to ensure that public and consumer health and safety are protected. Both the consumers of recreational herb and patients benefiting from medicinal herb will need to make informed decisions and to do so they must have enough knowledge of the product – what’s in it, what it does, and other important information necessary for safe consumption. Failure to comply with labeling requirements would mean penalties, fine, and/or imprisonment.

The California Department of Public Health offers resources to assist herb manufacturers, retailers and dispensaries in understanding and evaluating their compliance with packaging and labeling requirements. It is best that dispensaries take the extra step in familiarizing themselves with every regulation associated with the commercial medicinal and adult-use of “the controversial herb” in California. Such action can help dispensaries set themselves up for long-term success. Remember, a small infraction can result in losing the retail license that’s so difficult to get so choose to be thorough in your packaging and labeling measures to remain fully compliant with California’s dispensary laws.

Below are budget-friendly labeling options that manufacturers can use in packaging and labeling adult-use and medical flowers, concentrates and edibles prior to delivery to retail facilities.