After California voters approved Proposition 64 in November of 2016, several laws relating to cannabis changed immediately, many laws will remain unchanged until 2018, and still other laws remain in a “grey area.” One of the those “grey areas” is how exactly California will handle the laws surrounding labeling of edible cannabis products.
In January 2017, Assemblymember Ed Chau of California’s 49th District introduced AB 175, a bill that, if passed, would require a manufacturer to submit all packaging and labeling to the Bureau of Marijuana Control for approval prior to introducing any edible marijuana product into commerce in California. Additionally, any time a manufacturer proposes to make a material change to the packaging or labeling of an edible marijuana product, that packaging and labeling must be submitted to the Bureau for another review.
According to the proponents of the bill, it is necessary to require this level of review and scrutiny of infused cannabis edibles for the safety of children. Colorado and Washington regulators have wrestled with these concerns for years, citing packaging that appeals to children as one of the primary drivers of young kids' accidental ingestion of cannabis-infused edible products. The bill instructs the Bureau to determine whether the packaging and labeling are in compliance with requirements that the packaging be child resistant and not attractive to children. The bill's authors note that Washington requires the state liquor control board to approve the labeling and packaging for all marijuana infused products prior to marijuana manufacturers offering these items for sale in retail stores.