OLCC Notice of Public Hearing: Division 25 – Recreational Marijuana Rules Package

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OREGON: OLCC Notice of Public Hearing: Division 25 – Recreational Marijuana Rules Package

Date and Time:       9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 15, 2019

Location:                 Oregon Liquor Control Commission

9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Portland, OR 97222

The 2019 legislature made several changes to Division 25 of Chapter 845 which constitute Oregon’s recreational marijuana provisions. These rules implement those changes. Additionally, during the operation and management of the marijuana program, staff identified areas that needed amendments to make language more clear and concise and to ensure continued viable operation of the regulated marijuana program. Senate Bill 218 created a pause in marijuana production licenses. House Bill 2098 added a definitions for “kief” and changed the definition for “prescription drug,”
added new requirements for worker permits, and added new forms of qualifying identification.

Public comment period: November 1, 2019 thru December 1, 2019.

Public Notice & Proposed Rule Draft

WSLCB Releases Interim Policies Adopted For Marijuana Packaging, Labeling, and Product Approval Process and Guidelines

WASHINGTON: Effective today, the below interim policies have been implemented for marijuana packaging, labeling the product approval process, and guidelines.

BIP-10-2018, Packaging and Labeling Requirements 
This interim policy clarifies the procedures and processes for packaging, labeling, and product decisions for marijuana infused edible products.

  • Designates approved colors and shapes
  • Designates approved colors and background colors for packaging and labeling
  • Indicates other packaging allowances, such as photos, clear windows, and logo usage

BIP-07-2018, Packaging and Labeling Requirements
This interim policy further clarifies the phrase “false and misleading”  regarding packaging and labeling of marijuana-infused products, and addresses concerns regarding packaging and labeling that is designed to mimic, imply or reference a product containing alcohol.

  • Labels affixed to a container or package containing usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, and marijuana infused products must not mimic, imply, represent or contain any statement, depiction, illustration, design, brand or name of a product containing alcohol.
  • Product label designs that mimic or imply that a marijuana product contains alcohol have been considered false and misleading, and increase public safety risk. Using words or references (such as non-alcoholic,not a beer, not a spirit, etc.) does not supersede the rule.

Additional Interim Policies Coming Soon
Two additional interim policies are currently being finalized by staff. Notification will be forthcoming once these policies are finalized.

In addition, staff will bring forward a modification proposal to these interim policies, making all changes effective January 1, 2020.

Webinar
webinar outlining the proposed changes and their impacts is scheduled at 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 18. A separate notification will follow for this webinar.

As always, refer to the LCB website for the latest and most thorough information. The LCB maintains a resource page for Packaging and Labeling that is accessible from the homepage.

We believe the clarified approach to packaging, labeling and product approval requirements will benefit our licensees and improve compliance going forward. We appreciate the involvement and participation of the industry as we streamline and improve processes for marijuana infused edibles and their packages/labels.

HONU Wins “Best Cannabis Brand Design” 2016 in MJBA/OMD Poll.

WASHINGTON:  Cowlitz county Tier 3 producer HONU was named “Best Cannabis Brand Design 2016” in an online poll published by Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) and Online Marijuana Design (OMD Agency).  More than 1500 votes were cast in the MJBA/OMD Facebook Survey, which asked cannabis industry participants to vote for the best cannabis brand designs of 2016.

HONU’s Hawaiian-flavored design featuring a stylized sea turtle garnered the brand a total of 245 votes.  “Turtles have always been important to the local Hawaiian people as they provided spiritual influence, tools, food and clothing. But the Hawaiians never “took” from the turtles lightly, they always revered the turtles,” the company’s website proclaims. “We have chosen this as the name for our business as it embodies what we hold sacred as a team.”

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Results of the vote were announced at the recent “HOT BOX: The Best Marijuana Design and Packaging 2016” seminar in Tacoma. Team Honu was on hand to accept the award from MJBA founder/executive director David Rheins.  The Hot Box seminar took place June 2, 2016 in the historic Union Bank of California building in Tacoma, WA.

The event was produced by the Marijuana Business Association. Online Marijuana Design was the event’s presenting sponsor.  VIP Sponsors included Great Pacific Packaging, DCG One, PrintWest, Pearson Packaging, 420WholesalePack.com, Tryst Print Solutions, Foundry Law Group, Farmer Tom, NWMJLaw, Higher Ground TV, Curved Papers, Guts and Glory, Ganjapreneur, 420Media and Freedom Leaf.

Second place with 186 votes went to Renton, WA retailer Buddy’s. The jazz-themed pot shop was named after proprietor Myles Kahn’s grandfather, Buddy Kahn, a famous Salsa musician and band leader. The hip design of the company’s branding, with a strong retro music feel, was crafted by Guts and Glory creative director Michael Guttsen.

Buddys Poster

With its dramatic Italian glass jar, and a ‘fresh-picked locally’ design approach branding, Tier 1 producer Green Bluff Greenhouse took third place with 157 votes. Specializing in rare, old school Sativa’s, the small grower is quickly gaining a big reputation for quality. Green Bluff owner Rick Lynn Roening was on hand to accept the award.

Dramatic Italian glass jar Green Bluff Greenhouse

Dramatic Italian glass jar Green Bluff Greenhouse

Fourth place went to Tier 2 indoor producer SKöRD Marijuana, whose bold black and cream design and iconic umlauts proudly resonate with Scandinavian heritage.   The company produces flower, concentrates and infused edibles.

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Rounding out the Top 5 Best Cannabis Brand Design of 2016 is Curved Papers.  With an “Easy To Roll” theme and a eco-friendly minimalist package that emphasizes the brand value – a new shape for rolling papers that is a true innovation.

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Company founder Michael O’Malley and his daughter Grace were on hand at the Hot Box seminar to accept their award.

Curved Papers' Michael and Grace O'Malley

Curved Papers’ Michael and Grace O’Malley

 

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Pentagram’s High-End Design For Snoop Dogg’s Marijuana Product Line

Just a decade ago, marijuana in the popular imagination was largely associated with cheesy stoner iconography — pot leaf decals, tie-dye and paisley patterns — and its packaging was limited to discreet plastic baggies. But now, with medical marijuana legal in 23 states and recreational marijuana legal in four, top designers are stepping up to rebrand the plant. With their identity for rapper and artist Snoop Dogg’s new line of marijuana products, Leafs by Snoop (LBS), leading design firm Pentagram has given pot its highest-design makeover yet.

LBS, currently only available in Colorado, consists of edibles like chocolate bars and gummies (called, naturally, Dogg Treats), plus cannabis flowers and concentrate. Pentagram partner Emily Oberman created colorful, elegant packaging that would fit right in at any mainstream health food store. It makes a once-illicit substance look downright wholesome — how could such a cute box of cherry gummies possibly land you in jail?

EMO_Leafs by Snoop_05

Pentagram, the design powerhouse behind identities for Tiffany’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, among other luxury companies, caters to a demographic broader than your stereotypical Harolds and Kumars. The identity targets the connoisseurs of the weed world — “alpha stoners,” like Snoop Dogg, and “stiletto stoners,” as marijuana branding expert Cheryl Shuman calls female smokers with office jobs.

Colorado Marijuana Shop Owners Racing To Bag Safety

COLORADO:  Child-resistant packaging is a pillar of Colorado’s rules for recreational pot shops, approved as a requirement months ago to reduce the risk of accidental ingestion by young children.

But several business owners say they are struggling to find vendors that manufacture the proper bags or can supply enough to meet demand in time for the opening of the first stores Jan. 1.

All retail pot products leaving shops — from buds to brownies — must be placed in opaque and child-resistant packaging.

“A number of our members are having an incredibly difficult time,” said Mike Elliott, director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, the state’s largest marijuana business group. “We’re all looking for ways to comply with this rule, and everyone is worried we’re not going to be able to, basically.” [Read more…]

Colorado Marijuana Shop Owners Racing To Bag Safety

COLORADO:  Child-resistant packaging is a pillar of Colorado’s rules for recreational pot shops, approved as a requirement months ago to reduce the risk of accidental ingestion by young children.

But several business owners say they are struggling to find vendors that manufacture the proper bags or can supply enough to meet demand in time for the opening of the first stores Jan. 1.

All retail pot products leaving shops — from buds to brownies — must be placed in opaque and child-resistant packaging.

“A number of our members are having an incredibly difficult time,” said Mike Elliott, director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, the state’s largest marijuana business group. “We’re all looking for ways to comply with this rule, and everyone is worried we’re not going to be able to, basically.” [Read more…]

Kush Bottles Claims "Official Bottle" Of Fast-Growing Marijuana Industry

CALIFORNIA: Kush Bottles, the nation’s largest wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical grade containers for the natural health and medical marijuana industry, announced today that they have sold over 12 million bottles and containers in the legal and medical marijuana industry.

“We are like the McDonald’s of the marijuana industry,” said Nicholas Kovacevich, COO of Kush Bottles. “Each month we keep adding up the number of bottles sold, and we continue to break sales records,” he added. “I believe it is our commitment to quality and our exclusive top grade, made-in-America products; our fabulous customer service and in-house dedicated support teams; and our value-based pricing that keeps existing customers coming back and new customers contacting us everyday.” [Read more…]

Kush Bottles Working With California Legislators To Help Craft Child-Safe Marijuana Packaging

CALIFORNIA: Kush Bottles, the nation’s largest wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical grade containers for the natural health and medical marijuana industry, announced today that they have formed an Executive Committee to work with legislators, regulators and lawmakers in states where medical and recreational marijuana is legal. [Read more…]

Kush Bottles Working With California Legislators To Help Craft Child-Safe Marijuana Packaging

CALIFORNIA: Kush Bottles, the nation’s largest wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical grade containers for the natural health and medical marijuana industry, announced today that they have formed an Executive Committee to work with legislators, regulators and lawmakers in states where medical and recreational marijuana is legal. [Read more…]