Nevada Cannabis Compliance Labels

The state outline of Nevada with a cannabis leaf

Las Vegas has a reputation like no other. 

Sin City. Thrilling nightlife. Party-like environment. High tourism rate.

Therefore, there’s no surprise that it has a high concentration of cannabis users.

What’s surprising, however, is that the State of Nevada has some of the strictest and most extensive list of regulations on cannabis in the country. And yet, despite these restrictions, the cannabis industry managed to pull in over $900 million in revenue in 2020 alone. 

Label requirements for Nevada center around several areas: cannabis cultivation, cannabis product manufacturing, and cannabis sales of usable cannabis and cannabis products to dispensaries and retail stores. 

Each facility has different requirements for their labeling process.

The following information on labeling requirements is from the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) as of May 2021. Additional information on Nevada’s state labeling and packaging regulations can be found at that link.

General Rules When Labeling Products

Cannabis is legal both medically and recreationally in Nevada for cultivation, possession, and use. 

You must be 18 years of age or older for medical use or 21 years of age or older for recreational use. 

When it comes to complying with Nevada cannabis laws, each cannabis cultivation facility, cannabis product manufacturing facility, and cannabis retail store must follow general labeling guidelines to all cannabis and cannabis products offered for sale.

The State of Nevada approves the following:

  • Names
  • Logos 
  • Signs
  • Advertisements
  • Packaging designs

Both labels and packaging for all cannabis are subject to approval by the State of Nevada. These include flowers, prerolls, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and more.

The information on labels will vary from each of these facilities. However, some text for cannabis label applications will be the same.

For example, both medical and recreational cannabis products have to clearly be labeled with text clearly stating, “this is a marijuana product” or “this product contains cannabis.” It must be in bold type for emphasis. 

The point is to make it clear to consumers that they are purchasing a product that contains cannabis to avoid any confusion or misinformation. 

Label Requirements for “Organic” Cannabis Products

Rules for labeling cannabis products as “organic” are very strict with Nevada compliance.

Cannabis cultivation and product manufacturing facilities are not permitted to label certain cannabis products as “organic” unless they follow a particular process.

Items like usable cannabis, concentrated cannabis, or cannabis products fall into this category.

The only way the term “organic” can be used on these labels is if the cannabis plants and ingredients used are produced, processed and certified in a manner that is consistent with the national organic standards established by the US Department of Agriculture. 

Unit Font & Label Size

Labels on individual packages of cannabis and cannabis products must follow a specific set of requirements. One of these is the size of the label and font used to print.

While these details may not seem very significant, failure to observe and implement these guidelines can result in fines, products being removed from shelves, and businesses having their license revoked.

Labels must be at least 2.75 inches long by 4 inches wide. The text used on all labeling must be in legible English, printed no smaller than 8-point font, and cannot be in italics.

Inkjet labels offer businesses a wide range of benefits when it comes to printing cannabis labels. Inkjet printers are capable of accommodating multiple label sizes, including smaller labels that are used for applications on small packaging, like tincture bottles and jars.

Labeling Requirements for Cultivation Facilities

Cannabis cultivation facilities must follow the required labeling regulations before the sale of cannabis to another cannabis establishment. 

Labels must be in legible English and properly affixed to each package that include the following information:

  • Name of cannabis establishment & license number  
  • If operated by a dual licensee, the number of the registration certificates of the facility operated by the dual licensee
  • Batch number
  • Lot number
  • Date of final harvest
  • Date of final testing
  • Product packaging date
  • Cannabinoid profile and potency levels and terpenoid profile of the top three terpenes determined by the cannabis testing facility
  • Quantity being sold
  • A warning statement “Keep out of reach of children”
  • A warning statement “THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS CANNABIS”
The labeling requirements for cannabis cultivation facilities in Nevada

Cannabinoids and terpenoids refer to the main compounds found in cannabis plants. Cannabinoids, like THC, provide consumers with varying psychoactive and calming effects while terpenoids provide distinct taste and smell characteristics. 

The testing for cannabinoids may include potential THC but not include any other calculated level of THC.

Labeling Requirements for Product Manufacturing Facilities

Cannabis product manufacturing facilities must label all cannabis products before they are sold to a sales facility or another cannabis product manufacturing facility. 

Labels must be in legible English and properly affixed to each package intended for human consumption by oral ingestion. They must include the following information:

  • Name of cannabis establishment & license number  
  • If operated by a dual licensee, the number of the registration certificates of the facility operated by the dual licensee
  • Production run number
  • A warning statement “Keep out of reach of children”
  • Date of production
  • Date of final testing
  • Product packaging date
  • Cannabinoid profile and potency levels and terpenoid profile of the top three terpenes determined by the cannabis testing facility
  • Expiration date, if perishable
  • Total THC concentration in product, in milligrams
  • Total THC per serving for edibles and a notice that the actual THC amount may be within 15% of the amount stated
  • All ingredients and major food allergens
  • Net weight
  • Disclosure of the type of extraction process and chemical used, if applicable
  • Serving size, if the product is an edible cannabis product other than extracts and tinctures
  • A warning statement “THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS CANNABIS”
The labeling requirements for cannabis manufacturing facilities in Nevada

The extraction process must be disclosed if concentrated cannabis was added to the product or if the product consists solely of concentrated cannabis. 

The use of any solvents, gases, or other chemicals used in the extraction process or any other compound added to the concentrated cannabis are required.

Labeling Requirements for Usable Cannabis Products

Cannabis sales facilities must follow the required labeling regulations containing usable cannabis being sold at retail. 

Usable cannabis refers to dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. 

If not already included on the container or package of usable cannabis, a label in legible English must be properly affixed with the following information:

  • Business or trade name and license number of cultivation facility
  • If operated by a dual licensee, the number of the registration certificates of the facility operated by the dual licensee
  • Batch number
  • Lot number
  • Date and quantity sold, including net weight measured in ounces and grams or by volume, as appropriate
  • Name & address of the cannabis sales facility
  • Cannabinoid profile and potency levels and terpenoid profile of the top three terpenes determined by the cannabis testing facility
  • A warning statement “This product may have intoxicating effects and may be habit forming”
  • A statement “This product may be unlawful outside of the State of Nevada”
  • Harvest date
  • A warning statement “THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS CANNABIS”
  • A warning statement “Keep out of Reach of Children”
The labeling requirements for usable cannabis in Nevada

As with labeling requirements for cannabis cultivation, the potential total of THC may be included for usable cannabis products but must not include any other calculated level of THC.

Labeling Requirements for Cannabis Products

The term “cannabis products” can include a number of items infused with cannabis, including edibles.

Edibles are considered to be food or beverage products that have been infused with cannabis.

Gummies, baked goods, and chocolates are just some popular versions of edibles, with many different varieties available. 

Because edibles are food and drink products, they will require more information due to the addition of other ingredients.

These products are ingestible and can contain allergens, such as milk or wheat, which can be dangerous for some individuals. 

Cannabis sales facilities must affix a label to or with each container or package containing concentrated cannabis or cannabis products sold at retail. 

  • Business or trade name and license number of manufacturing facility
  • If operated by a dual licensee, the number of the registration certificates of the facility operated by the dual licensee
  • Production run number that accounts for all lot numbers of all cannabis used to extract the concentrated cannabis or create the product
  • Name & address of the cannabis sales facility
  • Date of extraction or product manufacture
  • Use-by-date if product is perishable
  • Cannabinoid profile and potency levels and terpenoid profile of the top three terpenes determined by the cannabis testing facility
  • THC measurements must include only delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in the product, measured in milligrams THC
  • Total THC per serving for edibles and a notice that the actual THC amount may be within 15% of the amount stated
  • All ingredients and major food allergens
  • Total concentration of THC, in milligrams
  • Net weight of cannabis product
  • A warning stating: “Caution: When eaten or swallowed, the intoxicating effects of this drug may be delayed by 2 or more hours”
  • Disclosure of the type of extraction process and chemical used, if applicable
  • A warning stating: “This product may have intoxicating effects and may be habit forming”
  • A warning statement “Keep out of the Reach of Children”
  • A statement that: “This product may be unlawful outside of the State of Nevada”
  • A warning statement “THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS CANNABIS”

As with labeling cannabis products for manufacturing facilities, the extraction process must be disclosed if concentrated cannabis was added to the product or if the product consists solely of concentrated cannabis. 

The use of any solvents, gases, or other chemicals used in the extraction process or any other compound added to the concentrated cannabis are required.

Warnings for Sales Facilities

Cannabis sales facilities are required to provide disclosures and warnings of the usable cannabis and cannabis products sold at retail.

One requirement is providing accompanying material with all usable cannabis that discloses any pesticides applied to the cannabis plants and growing medium during production and processing. 

Another requirement is the facility provide a written notification containing warnings with all usable cannabis and cannabis products. The warnings include:

  • Cannabis and cannabis products must be kept out of the reach of children
  • Cannabis and cannabis products can cause severe illness in children
  • Allowing children to ingest cannabis or cannabis products or storing cannabis or cannabis products in a location which is accessible to children may result in an investigation by an agency which provides child welfare services or criminal prosecution for child abuse or neglect
  • The statement “THE INTOXICATING EFFECTS OF CANNABIS MAY BE DELAYED BY 2 HOURS OR MORE AND USERS OF CANNABIS PRODUCTS SHOULD INITIALLY INGEST A SMALL AMOUNT OF THE PRODUCT CONTAINING NO MORE THAN 10 MILLIGRAMS OF THC, THEN WAIT AT LEAST 2 HOURS BEFORE INGESTING ANY ADDITIONAL AMOUNT OF THE PRODUCT”
  • “This product may have intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Smoking is hazardous to your health”
  • “Ingesting cannabis or cannabis products with alcohol or other drugs, including prescription medication, may result in unpredictable levels of impairment and a person should consult with a physician before doing so” 
  • “There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product”
  • “Pregnant women should consult with a physician before ingesting cannabis or cannabis products”
  • “Cannabis or cannabis products can impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of cannabis or cannabis products”
  • “Ingestion of any amount of cannabis or cannabis product

The text used on all materials and warnings must be printed in at least 12-point font and cannot be in italics.

Do Not Appeal to Children

One major factor in cannabis compliance and regulation is the danger cannabis and cannabis products pose to children.

Warnings to keep products away from children are essential for any cannabis products being sold for medical or recreational use. These regulations are required for every state. 

Cannabis and cannabis products should not appeal to children in any way. This means they will not be produced in a way that:

  • Is or appears to be a lollipop or ice cream
  • Bears the likeness or contains characteristics of a real or fictional person, animal, fruit, without limitation, a caricature, cartoon or artistic rendering
  • Is modeled after a brand of products primarily consumed by or marketed to children
  • Is made by applying concentrated marijuana to a commercially available candy or snack food item other than dried fruit, nuts or granola

Child-resistant packaging must be used to prevent accidental ingestion of cannabis products. These include film pouches, jars, bottles, tubes, and more.

How Smith Corona Can Help

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