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Friday, June 29, 2018

July 1st: Are You Ready?


It’s July 1st: Are You Ready?

On July 1, 2018, California’s new regulations governing the packaging and licensing of cannabis begins.
CBPH Issued Universal Cannabis Symbol
CBPH Issued Universal Cannabis Symbol

Although we’re not regulatory experts, we can help with compliance to the packaging and labeling requirements coming to California.  And recently, we’ve had a lot of questions from our customers on these issues.  Let me tell you more about the requirements as we understand them; and how we can help.

First; Child Resistant Packaging is required for all cannabis packaging.  If you need a child resistant package, we offer the MPACK; the first new pharmacy vial since the 50’s. 

18 and 30 Dram MPACK's
18 and 30 Dram MPACK's
 Plus, we have them available in two sizes; 18 dram (3.125” tall x.92” wide) and 30 dram (4” tall x .92” wide).


And most importantly, these packages are certified child resistant:

MPACK Child Resistant Certification
MPACK Child Resistant Certification


Second to Child Resistant, packaging must be tamper evident.  With the MPACK, we recommend labeling over the top/bottom sections where the packaging separates.

Labeled MPACKS
Labeled MPACKS
With the addition of a perforation, separation of the label between the top and bottom is easy to do. 


Tamper Evident Paper Label
Tamper Evident Paper Label
For other types of packages, we have paper labels with a durable adhesive that acts as a tamper evident seal.  Once the adhesive is set, the paper can’t be removed (on most surfaces) without shredding.  If interested, we can send you matte paper labels to test on your packaging.

MPACK's In Color
MPACK's In Color


Third, packages for edibles must be opaque. As seen in the above picture, we have the MPACKS in a variety of colors, with the option of a monochrome image on the package itself. 

Fourth, packages must be resealable; the child resistant “Snaps” on the sides make the MPACK resealable. 


Resealable MPACK
Resealable MPACK

Even with the side snaps, the MPACKS are so easy to open they qualify as Senior Friendly!

MPACK Senior Certification
In addition to the packaging requirements, California has new labeling requirements; both on the “Primary Panel” label and the “Informational Panel” label. On the Primary panel, the label must:

  • Identify the product
  • Provide the THC/CBD content
  • Contain the CBPH Issued Universal Cannabis Symbol
  • Include net weight or volume.



On the Information panel, the label must contain:
  • Manufacturer's name/contact information (website/phone number)
  • Manufacture date
  • Government warning statement
  • Ingredient list
  • Instructions for use
  • Expiration date
  • Unique ID/Batch number

(FYI: I found this page helpful.  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CEH/DFDCS/MCSB/Pages/PackagingandLabelingFAQs.aspx )

As for the warning statement, I found this paragraph:
“GOVERNMENT WARNING: THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS CANNABIS, A SCHEDULE I CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND ANIMALS. CANNABIS PRODUCTS MAY ONLY BE POSSESSED OR CONSUMED BY PERSONS 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER UNLESS THE PERSON IS A QUALIFIED PATIENT. THE INTOXICATING EFFECTS OF CANNABIS PRODUCTS MAY BE DELAYED UP TO TWO HOURS. CANNABIS USE WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING MAY BE HARMFUL. CONSUMPTION OF CANNABIS PRODUCTS IMPAIRS YOUR ABILITY TO DRIVE AND OPERATE MACHINERY. PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION.”

For edible products, the label must contain any allergen information, list of artificial food colors, and nutritional information.

If you decide that your labels need to meet Prop 65 requirements, please see this earlier post:  http://colorlabelsondemand.blogspot.com/2017/09/new-ca-prop-65-requirements.html


To print the Unique ID, Batch Number, Expiration date, THC content, CBD content, and all other variable data, we recommend BarTender; the leading label design and printing software.  With this software, it’s easy to add information to an established label template at print time or integrate with a database as simple as Excel to pull variable data onto a printed label.

If interested in BarTender, here is the link for a free 30-day trial download.

 And to start, I suggest you watch these three short videos:



Purchase BarTender and software maintenance here:  https://colorlabelsolutions.com/product-category/label-software/

Overall, we have a child-resistant package, tamper evident labels and software to make printing variable data easy to do.  Plus, we’ll help you design and print the labels you want to use on-demand and in color.  Contact us if we can help you with your new California labels.

Guy Mikel
855-962-7670

Monday, June 18, 2018

NS Multi Prints New Materials


Print quality has been one of the important attributes of the NS Multi:

Grant Lapke With The NS Multi
In fact, I’ve written about the great print quality of the NS Multi in the past.  Once in our blog when we installed the NS Multi after WestPack:


And as well after PackExpo East:


This week, we tested two new materials that produced outstanding print quality.  Let me tell you about them.


First, we tested inkjet coated corrugated produced by one of our customers.  We loaded our inkjet coating into a press instead of the normal ink:

Inkjet Coating
Inkjet Coating
Ran it through a press:

Press Applying Inkjet Coating
Press Applying Inkjet Coating
And produced inkjet coated corrugated on a variety of types of materials.  Frankly, we were surprised by the array of materials we could coat at one time.

Inkjet Coating Corrugated From A Press
On the coated board, you could barely see the inkjet coating.  According to Grant Lapke, our NS Multi Specialist, “This coated material was not sticky and had more of a matte finish.  After printing, I say the colors “POPPED” more, producing more vibrant images.  In addition, it seems the coating makes the boxes more durable; a little less “flimsy” than non-coated boxes.  And the boxes seemed to withstand water slightly better”.

Inkjet Coated Corrugated Printed with NS Multi
Inkjet Coated Corrugated Printed with NS Multi
And a video:



Second and in addition to the inkjet coated materials, we test printed plastic corrugated using the NS Multi.  Here is more information on this material:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrugated_plastic


With this material, we produced outstanding print quality on both sides without any coating:


Plastic Corrugated Printed with the NS Multi
Plastic Corrugated Printed with the NS Multi

And a video:



and this video:





According to Grant, “the printed, plastic corrugated produced outstanding print quality.  As the surface of the plastic corrugated is smooth, the print output comes out very nice.  This material should work well for signs, merchandizing displays and boxes.  As the NS Multi can print up to 12 inches per second, the speed of the printing signs and displays would be significantly faster than a flat-bed printer”.


Grant continues, “both the inkjet coated and plastic corrugated print great. Which material is best depends on the application and the value of the box, sign or merchandizing display.  It’s great to know we can print both with the NS Multi.”

If you need to print boxes, signs and displays on-demand and in color, contact us.  We’ll help you get started in this exciting, new market.

Guy Mikel
855-962-7670