Article 1. Bulk Cannabis or Cannabis Products, Immature Plants, and Seeds

§17398. Bulk Cannabis or Cannabis Products.

(a) For purposes of this section, “bulk cannabis or cannabis products” means cannabis or cannabis products transferred between licensees for the purpose of further processing and/or packaging.
(b) The packaging used to transport bulk cannabis or cannabis products shall protect the cannabis or cannabis products from contamination and shall not expose the cannabis or cannabis products to any toxic or harmful substance.
(c) Packages of bulk cannabis or cannabis products shall be labeled with the following:
(1) The type or common name of the cannabis or cannabis products contained therein;
(2) The UID assigned to the cannabis or cannabis products;
(3) The ingredients of the cannabis products, including a list of any allergens present as described in section 17406(a)(6); and
(4) The net weight or count of the cannabis or cannabis products.

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26120, Business and Professions Code.

§17399. Immature Plants.

(a) Immature plants to be sold at retail are not required to be placed in child-resistant or tamper-evident packaging prior to sale.
(b) Immature plants shall be labeled with the following:
(1) The legal business name, or any name listed on the license certificate, of the licensed nursery that cultivated the immature plant, and its contact number or website address;
(2) The strain name; and

(3) The statement: “This plant has not been tested in accordance with the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.”

Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26070, 26100 and 26120, Business and Professions Code.

§17400. Seeds.

(a) Packages of seeds are not required to be placed in child-resistant packaging prior to sale.
(b) Packages of seeds to be sold at retail shall be labeled with the following:
(1) The legal business name, or any name listed on the license certificate, of the licensed nursery that cultivated the seeds, and its contact number or website address;
(2) The strain name(s);
(3) Either the weight or count of seeds in the package;
(4) The universal symbol described in section 17410; and
(5) The statement: “These seeds have not been tested in accordance with the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.”

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26130, Business and Professions Code.

Article 2. Cannabis Products Released from Manufacturing

§17401. Release to Distributor as Finished Product.

(a) Prior to release of a manufactured cannabis product to a distributor for purposes of compliance testing and retail sale, a licensed manufacturer shall ensure that the product is labeled and packaged in its final form for retail sale.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), a product label may exclude labeling of cannabinoid content if the cannabinoid content is to be added to the label at the distribution premises after issuance of a Certificate of Analysis in accordance with section 17407.

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26011.5 and 26130, Business and Professions Code.

Article 3. Labeling Requirements

§17402. General Provisions.

(a) Any information required to be listed on a label shall be written in English.
(b) A label shall be unobstructed and conspicuous so that it can be read by the consumer.
(c) All required label information shall be located on the outside container or wrapper of the finished product to be sold at a retailer, or be easily legible through the outermost

container or wrapper. If the immediate container holding the cannabis goods is separable from the outermost packaging, such as a container placed inside of a box, the immediate container shall be labeled with the universal symbol as described in section 17410.

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26120, Business and Professions Code.

§17403. Primary Panel Labeling Requirements: Nonmanufactured Cannabis Goods.

(a) The label for a package of nonmanufactured cannabis goods shall include a primary panel that includes the following information in a type size no smaller than 6 point and proportional to the size of the primary panel and container:
(1) The identity of the product;
(2) The net weight of cannabis in the package, listed in both metric and U.S. customary units; and
(3) The universal symbol described in section 17410.
(b) The label for a package of pre-rolls or packaged flower shall include an informational label that includes the following information in a type size no smaller than 6 point and proportional to the size of the informational panel and container:
(1) The UID;
(2) The name of the licensed cultivator or licensee packaging the product (either the legal business name or the registered name under which the business will operate listed on the license certificate) and that licensee’s contact number or website address;
(3) The date of packaging for retail sale; and
(4) The following statement in bold print: “GOVERNMENT WARNING: THIS PACKAGE CONTAINS CANNABIS, A SCHEDULE I CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND ANIMALS. CANNABIS MAY ONLY BE POSSESSED OR CONSUMED BY PERSONS 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER UNLESS THE PERSON IS A QUALIFIED PATIENT. CANNABIS USE WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING MAY BE HARMFUL. CONSUMPTION OF CANNABIS IMPAIRS YOUR ABILITY TO DRIVE AND OPERATE MACHINERY. PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION.”
(c) Nothing in this section prohibits the inclusion of additional information on the primary panel, provided that the label does not violate the requirements of section 17408.
(d) The cannabinoid content for a package of pre-rolls or packaged flower shall be labeled as specified in section 17407.

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26120, Business and Professions Code.

§17404. Primary Panel Labeling Requirements: Manufactured Cannabis Products.

(a) The label for a manufactured cannabis product shall include a primary panel that includes the following information in a type size no smaller than 6 point and proportional to the size of the primary panel and container:
(1) The identity of the product in a text size reasonably proportional to the most prominent printed matter on the panel;
(2) The universal symbol as described in section 17410; and
(3) The net weight or volume of the contents of the package, listed in both metric and
U.S. customary units.
(b) Nothing in this section prohibits the inclusion of additional information on the primary panel, provided that the label does not violate the requirements of section 17408.

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26120, Business and Professions Code.

§17405. Additional Primary Panel Labeling Requirements: Edible Products.

(a) In addition to the requirements of section 17404, the primary panel of an edible cannabis product shall include the words “cannabis-infused” or “cannabis infused” immediately above the identity of the product in bold type and a text size larger than the text size used for the identity of the product.

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26120, Business and Professions Code.

§17406. Informational Panel Labeling Requirements.

(a) The label for a manufactured cannabis product shall include an informational panel that includes the following:
(1) The name of the licensed manufacturer (either the legal business name or the registered name under which the business will operate listed on the license certificate) that manufactured the cannabis product and the manufacturer’s contact number or website address;
(2) The date the cannabis product was packaged for retail sale;
(3) The following statement in bold print: “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;”

(4) The statement: “FOR MEDICAL USE ONLY” if the package contains an amount of THC that exceeds the level allowed for adult-use cannabis goods, as specified in section 17304;
(5) A list of all product ingredients in descending order of predominance by weight or volume. If any product ingredient contains subingredients, the list shall either:
(A) Include the common name of the ingredient followed by a parenthetical listing of all ingredients in descending order by weight or volume; or
(B) List all subingredients as individual ingredients in descending order of predominance; however,
(C) This subsection shall not apply to flavoring, which shall instead comply with title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 101.22 (Rev. April 2020), hereby incorporated by reference;
(6) For cannabis products containing an ingredient, flavoring, coloring, or an incidental additive that bears or contains a major food allergen, the word “contains,” followed by a list of the applicable major food allergens. The list shall conform with the requirements for food allergen labeling set forth in 21 U.S.C. §343(w), paragraph (1)(A) or (1)(B);
(7) The names of any artificial colorings contained in the product;
(8) For edible cannabis products, the amount, in grams or milligrams, of sodium, sugar, carbohydrates, and total fat per serving;
(9) Instructions for use, such as the method of consumption or application, and any preparation necessary prior to use;
(10) The UID;
(11) The batch or lot number; and
(12) The statement: “KEEP REFRIGERATED” or “REFRIGERATE AFTER OPENING,” as applicable, if the cannabis product is perishable or perishable after opening.
(b) The informational panel text shall be in a type size no smaller than 6 point and proportional to the size of the primary panel and container.
(c) Except for the information required by subsections (a)(10) and (a)(11), the requirements of subsection (a) may be fulfilled through the use of supplemental labeling, which may include, but is not limited to, a package insert, fold-out or booklet label, or a hanging tag. After December 31, 2021, supplemental labeling may not be used to fulfill the labeling requirement in subsection (a)(1).
(d) Cannabinoid content may be included on the informational panel. Cannabinoid content for manufactured cannabis products shall be labeled as specified in section 17407.

(e) Nothing in this section prohibits the inclusion of additional information on the informational panel provided that the label does not violate the requirements of section 17408.

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26120, Business and Professions Code.

§17407. Cannabinoid Content Labeling.

(a) Each package for retail sale of cannabis goods shall be labeled with the cannabinoid content on either the primary panel or an informational panel. For manufactured products, cannabinoid content may be included on the label prior to release to a distributor or it may be added to the label at the distribution premises after issuance of a regulatory compliance testing Certificate of Analysis for the batch as described in subsection (d).
(b) Cannabinoid content labeling shall include the following:
(1) For an edible product or a cannabis concentrate for which the manufacturer has established serving designations, THC and CBD content expressed in milligrams per serving and milligrams per package.
(2) For a topical cannabis product or a cannabis concentrate without serving designations, THC and CBD content expressed in milligrams per package.
(3) For nonmanufactured cannabis goods, Total THC content expressed as a percentage.
(4) Packages of infused pre-rolls shall be labeled with either:
(A) The cannabinoid content in milligrams; or
(B) The cannabinoid content of the dried flower expressed as a percentage and the added cannabinoid content in milligrams.
(c) Cannabis goods labeled prior to testing must include the items specified in subsection (b), as appropriate to the product. For THC or CBD concentration that is less than two (2) milligrams per serving or per package, the THC or CBD concentration may be stated as “<2 mg per serving” or “<2 mg per package.”
(d) Cannabis goods labeled at the distribution premises after issuance of the Certificate of Analysis shall comply with the following:
(1) Each package of cannabis goods shall be labeled with the cannabinoid content as specified in subsection (b) that is indicated on the Certificate of Analysis, as well as any other cannabinoid that is five (5) percent or greater of the total cannabinoid content;
(2) Labeled cannabinoid content shall reflect the amount indicated on the Certificate of Analysis. The amount may be rounded to the nearest whole number, except that packages shall not be labeled with an amount greater than the allowable THC limits. If the THC or CBD content of a manufactured cannabis product is indicated on the Certificate of Analysis as “Not Detected” or “<LOQ,” the cannabinoid content shall be labeled as “0 mg” or “<2 mg;”

(3) The cannabinoid content label shall be affixed to the outermost packaging of the cannabis goods and shall not obscure any other label information.
(e) Nothing in this section precludes the labeling of terpenes or additional cannabinoid content on the cannabis goods, provided that the information is verified by the Certificate of Analysis.

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26120, Business and Professions Code.

§17408. Labeling Restrictions.

(a) Cannabis goods labeling shall not contain any of the following:
(1) The name of a California city, county, or city and county, including any similar name that is likely to mislead consumers as to the origin of the product, unless one hundred percent of the cannabis contained in the product was grown in that city, county, or city and county. For purposes of this subsection, a cannabis plant is considered to have been grown within a city, county, or city and county of origin if the plant was cultivated within that boundary starting from the time the plant was no taller or wider than 18 inches.
(2) Content that is, or is designed to be, attractive to individuals under the age of 21, as specified in section 15040(a)(2) and (3).
(3) Any health-related statement that is untrue or misleading. Any health-related statement must be supported by the totality of publicly available scientific evidence (including evidence from well-designed studies conducted in a manner which is consistent with generally recognized scientific procedures and principles), and for which there is significant scientific agreement among experts qualified by scientific training and experience to evaluate such claims.
(4) If the product is an edible cannabis product, a picture of the product contained therein.
(5) Any information that is false or misleading. For purposes of this section, false and misleading information includes, but is not limited to:
(A) Any statement or indication that the cannabis or cannabis product is organic, unless the National Organic Program (section 6517 of the federal Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. section 6501 et seq.)) authorizes organic designation and certification for cannabis and the cannabis or cannabis product meets the requirements for that designation and certification. This includes use of the word “organic” or variants in spelling such as “organix” on the labeling, except for use of the term “organic” in the ingredient statement on the informational panel of a cannabis product in compliance with the requirements of the programs established pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 26062.
(B) Any statement or indication that the cannabis or cannabis product is “OCal,” “OCal certified,” or made with “OCal cannabis,” if the cannabis or cannabis product has not been cultivated, handled, processed, or manufactured in compliance with the requirements of the programs established pursuant to Business and Professions Code

section 26062.
(6) Any statement or indication of an appellation of origin if the cannabis or cannabis product does not meet the requirements of the program established pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 26063.

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26062.5, 26063, 26120, 26121 and 26154, Business and Professions Code.

§17409. Statement of Characteristic Anticipated Effects.

(a) A cannabis good may include information on the characteristic anticipated effects of the cannabis good if the licensee has substantiation that the information is truthful and not misleading. Such information may be located on the informational panel of the label or the supplemental labeling with the package. For purposes of this section, “characteristic anticipated effect” includes any physiological effect (a temporary effect on the body related to the consumption of cannabis goods) that is common to or expected from the particular cannabis strain, but excludes any claim of health benefits (i.e. claims of therapeutic action as a result of the consumption of cannabis goods).

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26120 and 26130, Business and Professions Code.

§17410. Universal Symbol.

(a) The symbol established pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 26130 shall replicate the following in form:

(b) The symbol shall be black in color. For packaging that is dark in color, the symbol shall be made conspicuous by printing the symbol on, or outlining the symbol with, a contrasting color.
(c) The symbol shall be no smaller in height than one-half (0.5) inch except as allowed under subsection (d).
(d) For a cannabis vape cartridge or integrated cannabis vaporizer, the symbol shall be engraved, printed, or affixed with a sticker in a size no smaller than one-quarter (0.25) inch wide by one-quarter (0.25) inch high.
(e) The symbol shall not be altered or cropped in any way other than to adjust the sizing for placement on the primary panel.

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26120, 26121 and 26130, Business and Professions Code.

Article 4. Packaging

§17411. Packaging.

(a) A package used to contain a cannabis good shall comply with the following requirements:
(1) The package shall protect the cannabis good from contamination and shall not expose the good to any toxic or harmful substance.
(2) The package shall be tamper-evident, which means that the packaging is sealed so that the contents cannot be accessed without obvious destruction of the seal upon initial opening.
(3) If the cannabis good has more than one serving, the package shall be resealable.
(4) The package shall not imitate any package used for products typically marketed to children.
(5) If the cannabis good is an edible product, the package shall be opaque. Colored bottles that obscure the color of the liquid inside shall be considered opaque for purposes of this section.
(6) Notwithstanding subsection (e), opaque bottles used to contain a cannabis beverage product may utilize a single, vertical, clear strip no wider than one-quarter (0.25) inch for the purpose of determining serving amounts.
(7) The package shall be child-resistant, as described in section 17412.

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26120 and 26121, Business and Professions Code.

§17412. Child-Resistant Packaging Requirements.

(a) A package containing cannabis or cannabis products transferred to a distributor for retail sale shall be child-resistant, as follows:
(1) The package for an edible product, an orally consumed concentrate, or a suppository shall be child-resistant for the life of the product. A package that contains more than a single serving is not required to be child-resistant if each individual serving is packaged in child-resistant packaging.
(2) Cannabis or a cannabis product intended to be inhaled or a cannabis product that is applied topically may utilize packaging that is child-resistant only until first opened, if the package is labeled with the statement: “This package is not child-resistant after opening.”
(b) The following packages are considered child-resistant for purposes of this article:
(1) Any package that has been certified as child-resistant under the requirements of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 Regulations (16 C.F.R. §1700.15(b)(1)) (Rev. July 1995), which is hereby incorporated by reference.
(2) A bottle sealed with a pry-off, metal crown, cork-style bottle cap, provided that the bottle contains only a single serving.

(3) Plastic packaging that is at least four (4) mils thick and heat-sealed without an easy- open tab, dimple, corner, or flap, provided that the package contains a cannabis product described in subsection (a)(2) or a cannabis product that is only a single serving.

Authority: Sections 26013 and 26130, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26011.5, 26120 and 26121, Business and Professi

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