Cannabis Industry Needs To Know Packaging Laws

CALIFORNIA: A leading expert has warned the fledgling Californian Cannabis industry that businesses could soon face heavy fines for breaking new laws they don’t fully understand.

Brad Davis, Product Category Manager of Acorn Paper Cannabis Packaging, has warned that Proposition 65 has effectively changed the regulations already. As the legal cannabis industry is in a state of constant flux, more regulations could follow, and cannabis licensees need to understand that every change could affect their labeling strategy.

“Proposition 65 is not specified within the MAUCRSA guidelines,” said Davis. “But any cannabis products manufactured in California that contain chemicals above safe harbor levels will be required, under Prop. 65, to add to their label warnings. This applies to everyone in the cannabis supply chain.”

Prop. 65 regulations come into force on August 30, 2018, and every affected product must be clearly labeled unless it was manufactured before the cut-off date. But this is just one regulation, and there will be more changes as the cannabis industry matures.

It’s a controversial industry that has only just found acceptance after decades of prohibition. The cannabis industry will inevitably be under constant scrutiny, and there will be test cases to show that the regulators are taking a strong stance. Individual businesses could find they fall foul of the law and incur massive fines or sanctions if they fail to label their products properly.

Regulatory compliance can be a complete minefield, but there is a simple solution. Los Angeles-based Acorn Paper Cannabis Packaging specializes in helping clients navigate this pitfall-strewn maze. One of the ways APCP is helping clients is with an ‘in stock’ exit bag with 24-hour delivery where the state requires childproof bags for customer walkout.

The company goes beyond the rules and can help clients produce eye-catching packaging that will help them stand out in a competitive industry that is already turning over more than $31 billion a year globally according to a study by the Brightfield Group and could easily top $20 billion in California alone by 2023. That’s going to reap real rewards for suppliers and retailers at every stage in the cannabis supply chain.

Acorn Paper Cannabis Packaging even offers a full range of products that can benefit each stage of the cannabis supply chain. The company is building out a white label range of goods for those that want to get into the explosive cannabis industry, beginning with the development of a supply chains solutions website and an eCommerce platform to launch in Q2.

It’s a novel way for companies to dip their toes into the water in one of the most lucrative, and yet highly-regulated new industries in North America. With Acorn Paper Cannabis Packaging on their team, they can rest assured that the products are compliant and clients can simply focus on marketing, sales, and the customer.

Acorn Paper Creates New Division Targeting The Cannabis Industry

CALIFORNIA: Acorn Paper has launched a new division to meet the paper, packaging, janitorial/sanitation and custom promotional needs of the Cannabis industry. Branded as Acorn Paper Cannabis Packaging (APCP), this division will address the entire cannabis supply chain to growers, manufacturers, distributors and consumer facing retail products. Acorn Paper is positioning itself to become a packaging industry thought leader in the fast-growing cannabis industry.

To lead this division, Acorn has hired Brad Davis as the APCP Product Category manager. A trailblazing senior sales, marketing and business development executive, Davis has a proven record leveraging innovation to drive revenue and market share growth. Davis’ background includes several C-suite corporate sales executive posts, at major digital media organizations including Disney, AOL and Comcast. He also brings substantial experience with entrepreneurial initiatives. A recognized “lifestyle brand expert” in fashion, parties & events, he was recently recognized by Angeleno Magazine as one of Los Angeles’ “Modern Men.”

“Acorn Paper and Packaging are using their years of experience in meeting standard and custom packaging needs for a variety of industries, for the rapidly changing cannabis supply chain- due to both state regulations and the changing marijuana consumer,” Davis told MJ News Network.  “APCP (Acorn Paper Cannabis Packaging) has been created to dedicate specific, focused resources on meeting the needs of all aspects of the cannabis and related products industry.”

Davis will manage day to day operations of the division, including sales and marketing initiatives with general management responsibilities. Davis will work with the 90+ sellers in the Acorn Paper sales organization, and will initially focus efforts on the West Coast, with plans to offer a national footprint and e-commerce solutions in the coming year. A new destination URL will debut shortly: www.cannabispckg.com.

David Weissberg, CEO & President of Acorn, said, “We recognize the tremendous opportunity that the cannabis industry presents to our company. This will be a $70B industry in just a few years, and Brad Davis is the perfectly positioned executive to lead our initiatives in the space.”

Davis is “Proud to represent one of the largest privately held packaging companies on the west coast. With their long history of success and vertical focus in areas from agriculture to wine, addressing the needs of the entire cannabis supply chain is a natural addition to the Acorn family.”

Acorn Paper Cannabis Packaging has recently became a corporate sponsor of the MJBA (Marijuana Business Association) and will have presence at trade shows and conferences, including MJBizCon throughout 2018.

“Acorn Paper Cannabis Packaging chose to join MJBA, as our first professional trade association partnership, to augment the thought leadership MJBA has demonstrated over the past 6 years,” commented Davis. “Our goal is to help the cannabis industry understand the ways experts in brand marketing and  packaging can impact consumer sales and maximize effective fiscal management throughout the cannabis supply chain.”

Brad Davis can be reached at bdavis@acorn-paper.com or at 323-980-8353.