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PDFWAC 314-55-105

Packaging and labeling requirements.

(1) Packaging requirements.
(a) General packaging requirements applying to all marijuana products. Any container or packaging containing usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused products must protect the product from contamination and must not impart any toxic or deleterious substance to the usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused product.
(b) Additional product-specific packaging requirements. The following product-specific packaging requirements apply to each of the following product types in addition to the packaging requirements provided in (a) of this subsection:
(i) Marijuana-infused products general requirements.
(A) All marijuana-infused products for oral ingestion must be packaged pursuant to the following requirements:
(I) Child resistant packaging in accordance with Title 16 C.F.R. 1700 of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act; or
(II) Plastic four mil or greater in thickness and be heat sealed with no easy-open tab, dimple, corner, or flap as to make it difficult for a child to open and as a tamperproof measure, except as provided in (b)(i)(A)(III) and (B) of this subsection.
(III) Marijuana-infused products for oral ingestion in liquid form where a single serving is contained with the package may be sealed using a metal crown cork style bottle cap. Marijuana-infused products for oral ingestion in liquid form that include more than one serving must be packaged with a resealable closure or cap.
(B) Marijuana-infused solid edible products.
(I) If there is more than one serving of marijuana-infused solid edible products in the package, each serving must be packaged individually in child resistant packaging as provided in (b)(i) of this subsection and placed in the outer package except as provided below.
(II) Products such as capsules, lozenges, and similar products approved by the WSLCB on a case-by-case basis may be packaged loosely within a resealing outer package that is child resistant in accordance with Title 16 C.F.R. 1700 of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.
(C) Marijuana-infused liquid edible products. Packages containing more than one serving of marijuana-infused liquid edible product must:
(I) Have a resealing cap or closure; and
(II) Include a measuring device such as a measuring cap or dropper with the package containing the marijuana-infused liquid edible product. Hash marks on the bottle or package do not qualify as a measuring device.
(ii) Marijuana concentrates. Marijuana concentrates must be packaged:
(A) In child resistant packaging in accordance with Title 16 C.F.R. 1700 of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act; or
(B) Plastic four mil or greater in thickness, heat sealed with no easy-open tab, dimple, corner, or flap as to make it difficult for a child to open and as a tamperproof measure.
(2) Labeling requirements.
(a) Marijuana and marijuana product labels generally. The following label requirements apply to all marijuana products:
(i) Usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, and marijuana-infused products must not be labeled as organic unless permitted by the United States Department of Agriculture in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act.
(ii) Labels must comply with the version of NIST Handbook 130, Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulation adopted in chapter 16-662 WAC.
(iii) All information, warning statements, and language required in this section must not be covered or obscured in any way.
(iv) Labels affixed to the container or package containing marijuana or marijuana products sold at retail must include:
(A) The business or trade name and the nine digit Washington state unified business identifier (UBI) number of the licensees that produced and processed the marijuana or marijuana products;
(B) The unique identifier number generated by the WSLCB's traceability system. This must be the same number that appears on the transport manifest;
(C) If more than one serving is in a package, the label must prominently display the number of servings in the package and the amount of product per serving;
(D) Net weight in ounces and grams or volume as applicable;
(E) THC concentration (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) listed as total THC and activated THC-A and CBD concentration (cannabidiol) listed as total CBD and activated CBD-A;
(v) Labels of usable marijuana and marijuana products sold at retail in the state of Washington must not contain any statement, depiction, or illustration that:
(A) Is false or misleading;
(B) Promotes over consumption;
(C) Represents the use of marijuana has curative or therapeutic effects;
(D) Depicts a child or other person under legal age consuming marijuana, or includes:
(I) Objects such as toys, characters suggesting the presence of a child, or any other depiction or illustration designed in any manner to be especially appealing to children or other persons under twenty-one years of age; or
(II) Is designed in any manner that is especially appealing to children or other persons under twenty-one years of age.
(b) Standard warnings required on all labels. The following warning statements must be included on labels of all marijuana and marijuana products. The warning statements required below must be of a size to be legible and readily visible to a consumer inspecting a package and must not be covered or obscured in any way.
(i) "Warning - May be habit forming";
(ii) "Unlawful outside Washington State";
(iii) "It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana"; and
(iv) The marijuana universal symbol as provided in WAC 314-55-106.
(c) Additional product-specific labeling requirements. In addition to the labeling requirements in subsection (3)(a) and (b) of this section, the following product-specific labeling requirements apply to each of the following product types and must be present on labels when offered for sale at retail:
(i) Usable marijuana, including marijuana mix. The statement "Smoking is hazardous to your health."
(ii) Marijuana concentrates, marijuana infused extract for inhalation, and infused marijuana mix.
(A) If solvents were used to create the concentrate or extract, a statement that discloses the type of extraction method, including any solvents or gases used to create the concentrate or extract; and
(B) Any other chemicals or compounds used to produce or were added to the concentrate or extract.
(iii) Marijuana-infused products (except for marijuana-infused products for topical application as provided in (c)(iv) of this subsection).
(A) Serving size and the number of servings contained within the unit;
(B) A list of all ingredients in descending order of predominance by weight or volume as applicable and a list of major food allergens as defined in the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004;
(C) If solvents were used, a statement that discloses the type of extraction method, including any solvents, gases, or other chemicals or compounds used to produce or that are added to the extract; and
(D) The following sentence: "CAUTION: Intoxicating effects may be delayed by 2+ hours."
(iv) Marijuana-infused products for topical application.
(A) The statement "DO NOT EAT" in bold, capital letters; and
(B) A list of all ingredients in descending order of predominance by weight or volume as applicable.
(d) Permitted optional information that may be included on labels.
(i) Harvest date, "best by" date, and manufactured dates are optional information that may be placed on labels.
(ii) Other cannabinoids and terpenes not required to be placed on the label by this section may be included on the label if:
(A) The producer or processor has test results from a certified third-party lab to support the claim; and
(B) The lab results are made available to the consumer upon request.
(3) Accompanying materials. The following accompanying materials must be provided with a marijuana product or made available to the consumer purchasing marijuana products at retail. A producer or processor may provide this information through an internet link, web address, or QR code on the product label so long as the information particular to that product as required below is maintained and accessible to a consumer for as long as the product is available for sale at retail.
A statement that discloses all pesticides applied to the marijuana plants and growing medium during production of the usable marijuana or the base marijuana used to create the concentrate or the extract added to infused products.
(4) Upon request materials. Upon the request of a retail customer, a retailer must disclose the name of the certified lab that conducted and the results of the required quality assurance tests for any marijuana or marijuana product the customer is purchasing or considering purchasing.
(5) For the purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Cartoon" means any drawing or other depiction of an object, person, animal, creature, or any similar caricature that satisfies any of the following criteria:
(i) The use of comically exaggerated features;
(ii) The attribution of human characteristics to animals, plants or other objects, or the similar use of anthropomorphic technique; or
(iii) The attribution of unnatural or extra-human abilities, such as imperviousness to pain or injury, X-ray vision, tunneling at very high speeds, or transformation.
(b) "Especially appealing to children" means a product, label, or advertisement that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(i) The use of cartoons;
(ii) Bubble-type or other cartoon-like or action font;
(iii) The use of bright colors similar to those used on commercially available products intended for or that target youth or children;
(iv) A design, brand, or name that resembles a noncannabis consumer product of the type that is typically marketed to minors;
(v) Symbols or celebrities that are commonly used to market products to minors;
(vi) Images of minors; or
(vii) Similarities to products or words that refer to products that are commonly associated with minors or marketed to minors.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342, 69.50.345 and 2018 c 43 s 1. WSR 18-11-005, § 314-55-105, filed 5/2/18, effective 1/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.342 and 69.50.345. WSR 16-11-110, § 314-55-105, filed 5/18/16, effective 6/18/16; WSR 15-11-107, § 314-55-105, filed 5/20/15, effective 6/20/15; WSR 14-10-044, § 314-55-105, filed 4/30/14, effective 5/31/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 69.50.325, 69.50.331, 69.50.342, 69.50.345. WSR 13-21-104, § 314-55-105, filed 10/21/13, effective 11/21/13.]
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