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New York Draft Rules For Cannabis Packaging Would Impose Strong Restrictions

June 7, 2022

New York’s Cannabis Control Board recently approved 16 new conditional cultivator licenses and unanimously passed draft regulations for lab testing and product marketing and packaging. The testing regulations are essentially similar to those in other states, though they do address certain problems like companies “shopping” for the lab results they want to see.

More notable are the draft rules for marketing and packaging, which some in the industry say are stricter than expected. Minimum standards require that all products be sold in child-proof containers and restrict packaging from having any pictures besides the company logo. Packaging must list the product’s THC and CBD content and contact information for the manufacturer and distributor, among other information. Many design restrictions are also included, like disallowing bright colors, bubble letters, cartoons, or other elements appealing to children. Billboard ads are banned as well.

The draft rules now go to a 60-day public comment period, to be followed by potential adjustments by the Office of Cannabis Management before seeking final approval.

—Danny Sullivan

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