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Recreational-cannabis is now available in Michigan — congratulations!

recreational-cannabis logo for Michigan

Recreational-cannabis is finally on the menu in Michigan, and we look forward to serving your packaging needs!

Details and specifics for how the new The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA) differs from (and is similar to) the existing Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) guidelines can be found on Michigan’s LARA (“Licensing and Regulatory Affairs”) website here.

Additionally, here are some useful links for navigating the LARA site, drilling down to the newest “Adult Use” category:

While packaging guidelines will likely evolve and finalize over the next months, and perhaps even years, some things have already been established. The clearest description that I could find while writing this is contained in a PDF file which covers many other aspects of the currently prevailing rules (in addition to packaging). Clicking the link will either open the document in your browser, or prompt a download, depending on how your system is configured. “Rule 49” is concerned with packaging, and is found on page 46 of the linked PDF file (as of this writing).

Rule 49. Marihuana product sale or transfer; labeling and packaging requirements. (1) Before a marihuana product is sold or transferred to or by a marihuana retailer, the container, bag, or product holding the marihuana product must have a label and be sealed with all of the following information: (a) The name of the licensee and the state license number of the producer, including business or trade name, and tag or source number as assigned by the statewide monitoring system. (b) The name of the licensee and the state license number including business or trade name of the licensee that packaged the product, if different from the marihuana processor of the marihuana product. (c) The unique identification number for the package or the harvest, if applicable. (d) Date of harvest, if applicable. (e) Name of strain, if applicable. (f) Net weight in United States customary and metric units. (g) Concentration of THC and CBD. (h) Activation time expressed in words or through a pictogram. (i) Name of the marihuana safety compliance facility that performed any test, any associated test batch number, and any test analysis date. (j) The universal symbol for marihuana product published on the agency’s website. (k) A warning that states all the following: (i) “For use by individuals 21 years of age or older only. Keep out of reach of children.” (ii) “It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of marihuana.” (iii) “National Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.” (2) An edible marihuana product sold by a marihuana retailer shall comply with Rule 45(7).

Artwork for the required recreational-cannabis logo is available from the LARA website as both PNG and EPS files. If you are interested in custom printed bags, we can help make sure that this logo is integrated into your artwork in a compliant and attractive way.

At HQ Packaging, we are committed to serving the recreational-cannabis market; Michigan is an evolving and exciting market, and we are very interested in learning more about it through interactions with customers as our understanding evolves with the laws. If you are looking for packaging, please contact us – we will be very competitive, not only with pricing, but also with services offered to help you take advantage of this new opportunity, and to allow us to learn about your state “on the job”.


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“California Universal Symbol for Cannabis”

“California Universal Symbol for Cannabis”

This symbol will need to be placed on all custom printed bags.

The state of California has released symbols to be used on all packaging for recreational cannabis. It is available for download as a jpeg, a PNG, or a PDF.

California Universal Symbol for Cannabis
California Universal Symbol for Cannabis

Example of symbol on custom printed bag setup.
Example of symbol on custom printed bag setup.

It is not clear if the black color is intentional. On other publications, the symbol was described as being a specific color of red (although the shape was somewhat different).

In either case, this is a good resource for designing your packaging. Of course, if you decide to use custom printed bags, HQ Packaging will take care of that for you.