Vermont is getting even greener: All cannabis retail packaging must be reusable, non-plastic, childproof and child deterrent

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from Vermont Cannabis Control Board seeks to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated by industry in Green Mountain State, reported Worcester magazine. In June, the Council published its “Advice on packaging.

According to the guidelines, packaging intended for purchase by consumers at points of sale must be reusable and not made of plastic. All packaging should be salvageable, cleanable and reintroduced into the supply chain for repeated use.

Examples of reusable, non-plastic packaging materials mentioned in the document include glass, tin, cardboard and bamboo.

Cannabis product packaging must be child-repellent, child-resistant, and opaque and must contain all parts of the plant, from seeds to resins.

The document sets child deterrent as “a tear-resistant package that can be sealed in such a way as to deter children under five from easily accessing the contents of the package within a reasonable time and not difficult for adults to use properly”.

Meanwhile, “child-resistant packaging” is defined as “packaging designed or constructed to make it very difficult for children under five years of age to open or obtain a poisonous or harmful amount substance (…)”.

An exemption from the ban on plastic consumer packaging could be granted if producers can demonstrate that they have difficulty obtaining non-plastic packaging when it is not available; unable to achieve child resistance, or where plastic is required to maintain cannabis shelf life stability and prevent contamination of cannabis or cannabis products.

More durability and safety? Look at the plant itself

Vermont guidance addresses the multiple challenges of the cannabis industry, including achieving higher levels of durability. In fact, the key to reducing plastic waste in industry may lie in the factory itself.

As NBA star Isiah Thomas noted in a recent interview with Benzinga, in the future, “all plastics will be made from cannabis”. Although we cannot be sure, industrial hemp has proven to be a sustainable alternative to plastics and a growing market segment.

Thomas’ business products of a world OWP signed an agreement with Stellantide STLAworld’s sixth largest automaker and owner of Chrysler, Citroen, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Peugeotto develop and supply hemp-based bioplastic components for car interiors and exteriors.

In addition, Vermont’s guidelines aim to ensure the traceability and quality of cannabis as well as to prevent ingestion by children.

According to a study by researchers from NYU School of Global Public Healthpublished in April, “imitation” edibles may have levels of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC “that far exceed the limits set by national cannabis regulations” and can easily be mistaken for popular snacks.

Vermont isn’t the only state where regulators are concerned about accidental drinking. In June, a bipartisan coalition of 23 state attorneys general sent a letter to Virginia AG Jason Miyares (R) and Nevada AG Aaron Ford (D), demanding action to prevent the sale of packaged marijuana products that resemble popular food brands.

“Individuals and companies not licensed by a state to enter the cannabis market are manufacturing THC-infused edibles to mimic leading snack brands popular with kids, including Oreos cookies, Doritos chips, and corn snacks. Cheetos,” the letter read.

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