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The Cannabis Business Minds show will take you inside the ins and outs of this brand new and exciting industry and provide you valuable business and career insight from leaders working in cannabis and CBD.  

Dec 7, 2017

How often do you wonder, what are the active ingredients in this delightful meal I’m having? For many Americans, knowing what is in the food or medicine we are consuming is a huge component of our purchasing decisions. Whether it’s gluten-free or non-GMO, to 100mg of Vitamin C - packaging and labeling are huge components of our consumer needs.

There are a number of agencies that are tasked with regulating packaging at the federal level. The Food & Drug Administration regulates food and drugs, the US Department of Agriculture regulates agriculture, meat, and poultry, the Alcohol, Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau regulates Wine, Malt Beverages, Distilled Spirits.


And so, the question many of you might have, is who regulates cannabis packaging? The answer is pretty simple until it is federally legal,  the states regulate cannabis packaging.

Cannabis packaging requirements vary by state to state, although there are definitely some common nuances to each state. For example, some requirements include:

clearly labeling all products as a cannabis or marijuana product and making sure that the active ingredients THC, CBD, or other cannabinoids are included on the label

Ensuring that the packaging cannot be attractive to children,


One lesson I’ve learned while working in the cannabis space is that regulation and business doesn’t necessarily see eye to eye. Last year in the state of Oregon, Cannabis operators were required to go through several hurdles and changes as it related to packaging their cannabis products. The result - time and money wasted.

On this episode of Cannabis Business Minds, I interview Bill and Rick from Dank Creative. Dank Creative is a full-service graphic design firm located in the heart of the Green Mile in Portland Oregon. From concept to creation, Dank Creative is all about helping companies achieve their business goals. Dank Creative has over 40 years of combined experience in brand development, packaging, print, advertising, digital photography and graphic design.  

This episode is jam-packed with some key takeaways on the Oregon cannabis market as well as learning why packaging and labeling can make or break your brand.  


This podcast was recorded prior to the Emergency Regulations in California being released.