Certificates of Compliance the Key to Marijuana Dispensary and MED Regulatory Confirmation


eBottles.com provides Certificates of Compliance along with child-safe jars to help dispensaries and MED confirm that the exit package in use is compliant with new regulations.

The newly legalized recreational marijuana industry in Colorado is off to a fast start. Colorado became the first state to allow retail establishments to sell marijuana to adults 21 and older.  According to the Denver Post, a majority of the 37 licensed dispensaries are located in Denver.  In the first week of sales, owners reported around $5 million in total sales. Bloomberg projects retail and wholesale to climb as high as $600 million per year.  While lines aren't nearly as long since the first week, owners continue to see each day's sales improve.

Many dispensary owners, however, are scrambling to sell their product in accordance with official marijuana packaging legislation. Colorado created the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) to regulate marijuana industries. Cannabis business owners are trying to keep costs down and provide approved jars to their customers.  A major challenge presented in the new rules under Act 64 (Administrative Procedure Act, Title 24, Article 4, C.R.S. (2013) New Permanent Rules, Retail Marijuana - Rule R1000 Series - Labeling, Packaging and Products Safety ) requires dispensaries (Medical and Retail) to sell their products in Child-Resistant packaging.

Preventing Unintentional Ingestion of Marijuana by Children, published in August 2013, provided a health impact assessment of child resistant packaging regulations in the context of the new recreational legislation. The assessment was a joint effort between the Pediatric Injury Prevention Education and Research Program at the Colorado School of Public Health and the Children’s Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado. 

The committee made the following recommendations: " All retail marijuana and marijuana products should leave retail establishments in child-resistant packaging as defined by ASTM International and the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA)." They also recommended the packages should be opaque, re-closeable, and re-useable.  These recommendations are now mandates via marijuana packaging legislation. 

"Sales have increased for opaque, child-resistant jars in the last three weeks. We've heard dispensary owners say they were unaware of any child-safe packaging laws until days before their shop opened," said an eBottles.com representative in reference to the sales of child-resistant jars.  "We're focused on helping the dispensaries and the MED enforce the new packaging rules. Owners will need to provide proof their jars are child safe. MED will also need an official method to confirm conformance to the new requirements."

Industry leading suppliers like eBottles.com are providing Certificates of Compliance to their customers to have on file in the event of an inspection by the Marijuana Enforcement Division. The company is providing certificates by US manufacturers, which cover child-safe closures. All marijuana-specific jars  from eBottles are compliant with the following regulation: Poison Prevention Package with Resecuring Effectiveness.

As more dispensaries keep these certificates on site, owners can rest assured their business will run without issues. The enforcement division in Colorado can also set a precedent for regulating the industry as they can simply ask for packaging compliance proof upon inspection.

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