Cannabis Rules & Regulations: California

Cannabis Rules & Regulations: California

California Cannabis History

Medical use of cannabis has been legal in California since 1996, and for recreational use since late 2016. The state of California has been leading efforts to modernize cannabis laws in the United States, beginning in 1972 with the nation's first ballot initiative attempting to legalize cannabis (Proposition 19). Although it was unsuccessful, California would later become the first state to legalize medical cannabis with the passage of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Proposition 215).[1] In November 2016, California voters approved the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) to legalize the recreational use of cannabis.

California Child-Resistant Packaging Rules

The label for a cannabis product shall include a primary panel that includes the following information:

  • (1) The identity of the product in a text size reasonably related to the most prominent printed matter on the panel;
  • (2) The words “cannabis-infused” immediately above the identity of the product in bold type and a text size larger than the text size used for the identity of the product;
  • (3) The cannabis product symbol as prescribed in Section 40412 ;
  • (4) The net weight or volume of the contents of the package;
  • (5) The THC content and CBD content for the package in its entirety, expressed in milligrams per package;
  • (6) The THC content and CBD content per serving, expressed in milligrams per serving; and
  • (7) The content of other cannabinoids or terpenes per serving if such information is verified by the certificate of analysis issued by a licensed testing laboratory pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 19344.
  • (b) The primary panel text must be in type size no less than 6 point font and be in relation to the size of the primary panel and container.

Useful Links for California Cannabis Regulations

California Code of Regulations: Labeling and Packaging Requirements

California Cannabis Packaging Requirement Checklist


California Cannabis Growers Application

Editor's Note: Status as of 4/1/2021

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