Cannabis Regulations (SOR/2018-144)

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Regulations are current to 2019-05-07 and last amended on 2019-01-15. Previous Versions

PART 7Packaging and Labelling (continued)

Packaging — Cannabis Products (continued)

Marginal note:Features

  •  (1) The interior surface and exterior surface of any container in which a cannabis product is packaged and any covering of such a container must not include

    • (a) any hidden feature that is designed to change the appearance of the container or covering, such as heat-activated ink or a feature that is visible only through technological means; or

    • (b) any feature that is designed to change the surface area of the container or covering, such as a fold-out panel.

  • Marginal note:Non-application

    (2) Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply to a feature that is used to prevent counterfeiting.

Marginal note:Scent and sound

 The interior surface and exterior surface of any container in which a cannabis product is packaged, and any covering of a container, must not be capable of emitting a scent or sound.

Marginal note:Covering — brand element

 The covering of any container in which a cannabis product is packaged must not display any brand element.

Marginal note:Covering — image or information

 Except as otherwise provided under the Act, any other Act of Parliament or any provincial Act, the covering of any container in which a cannabis product is packaged must not display any image or information.

Marginal note:Covering — transparent and colourless

 Except as otherwise provided under the Act, any other Act of Parliament or any provincial Act, the covering of any container in which a cannabis product is packaged must be transparent and colourless.

Marginal note:Cut-out window

 The interior surface and exterior surface of any container in which a cannabis product is packaged must not include any cut-out window.

Marginal note:Bar code

  •  (1) A bar code may be displayed only once on any container in which a cannabis product is packaged.

  • Marginal note:Shape and colour

    (2) Every bar code must be rectangular in shape and not contain any image or design and must be printed in black and white.

Labelling — Cannabis Products

Marginal note:Information

  •  (1) The following information must be included on the label that is applied to any container in which a cannabis product is packaged:

    • (a) the name, telephone number and email address of the following:

      • (i) in the case of a cannabis plant or cannabis plant seeds, the holder of a licence for cultivation that cultivated the cannabis plant or cannabis plant seeds, or

      • (ii) in the case of any other cannabis product, the holder of a licence for processing that manufactured the product;

    • (b) the class of cannabis set out in Schedule 4 to the Act to which the cannabis that is in the immediate container belongs;

    • (c) in respect of the product

      • (i) the brand name,

      • (ii) the lot number, preceded by one of the following designations:

        • (A) “Lot number”,

        • (B) “Lot no.”,

        • (C) “Lot”, or

        • (D) “(L)”,

      • (iii) the recommended storage conditions,

      • (iv) the packaging date, and

      • (v) except in the case of a cannabis plant or cannabis plant seeds, either

        • (A) the expiry date in accordance with subsection (2), or

        • (B) a statement that no expiry date has been determined;

    • (d) the warning “KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN / TENIR HORS DE LA PORTÉE DES ENFANTS”;

    • (e) a health warning message set out in the document entitled Cannabis Health Warning Messages, as amended from time to time and published by the Government of Canada on its website, that is

      • (i) in the case of dried cannabis, or a cannabis accessory that contains dried cannabis, one of the health warning messages set out in Part 1 of the document, and

      • (ii) in the case of any other cannabis product, one of the health warning messages set out in Part 2 of that document; and

    • (f) in the case of a cannabis product that contains THC in a concentration greater than 10 μg/g, the standardized cannabis symbol that must be obtained from the Minister in the form of an electronic file.

  • Marginal note:Expiry date

    (2) The label of a container must not include an expiry date unless the holder of the licence for processing that manufactured the cannabis product has data that establishes the stability period during which, after the cannabis is packaged in accordance with these Regulations and stored under its recommended storage conditions,

    • (a) it maintains not less than 80% and not more than 120% of its THC content and CBD content; and

    • (b) its microbial and chemical contaminants remain within the limits referred to in section 94.

  • Marginal note:Stability period — retention of document

    (3) The holder of the licence for processing that manufactured the cannabis product must, if they include an expiry date on the label of the container, retain a document that contains the data referred to in subsection (2) for at least two years after the day on which the last sale or distribution of any portion of the lot or batch of the cannabis product with that expiry date takes place, other than for destruction.

  • Marginal note:Rotation

    (4) The health warning messages referred to in paragraph (1)(e) must be displayed in rotation on each type of container of each brand name of the cannabis product that is packaged in a year, so that each health warning message is displayed, to the extent possible, on equal numbers of containers of that product.

Marginal note:Dried cannabis or fresh cannabis — discrete units

 In the case of dried cannabis or fresh cannabis — or a cannabis accessory that contains dried cannabis or fresh cannabis — that is in discrete units, the label of any container in which the cannabis product is packaged must also include the following information:

  • (a) the net weight, in grams, of dried cannabis or fresh cannabis;

  • (b) the number of units;

  • (c) the net weight, in grams, of dried cannabis or fresh cannabis in each unit;

  • (d) the quantity of THC, in milligrams, in each unit, preceded by “THC per unit”;

  • (e) the quantity of THC, in milligrams, that each unit could yield, taking into account the potential to convert THCA into THC, preceded by “Total THC per unit”;

  • (f) the quantity of CBD, in milligrams, in each unit, preceded by “CBD per unit”; and

  • (g) the quantity of CBD, in milligrams, that each discrete unit could yield, taking into account the potential to convert CBDA into CBD, preceded by “Total CBD per unit”.

Marginal note:Dried cannabis or fresh cannabis — not in discrete units

 In the case of dried cannabis or fresh cannabis — or a cannabis accessory that contains dried cannabis or fresh cannabis — that is not in discrete units, the label of any container in which the cannabis product is packaged must also include the following information:

  • (a) the net weight, in grams, of dried cannabis or fresh cannabis;

  • (b) the percentage of THC w/w, preceded by “THC”;

  • (c) the percentage of THC w/w that the dried cannabis or fresh cannabis could yield, taking into account the potential to convert THCA into THC, preceded by “Total THC”;

  • (d) the percentage of CBD w/w, preceded by “CBD”; and

  • (e) the percentage of CBD w/w that the dried cannabis or fresh cannabis could yield, taking into account the potential to convert CBDA into CBD, preceded by “Total CBD”.

Marginal note:Cannabis oil — discrete unit

 In the case of cannabis oil — or a cannabis accessory that contains cannabis oil — that is in discrete units, the label of any container in which the cannabis product is packaged must also include the following information:

  • (a) the net weight, in grams, and net volume, in millilitres, of cannabis oil;

  • (b) the number of units;

  • (c) the net weight, in grams, and net volume, in millilitres, of cannabis oil in each unit;

  • (d) the quantity of THC, in milligrams, in each unit preceded by “THC per unit”;

  • (e) the quantity of THC, in milligrams, that each unit could yield, taking into account the potential to convert THCA into THC, preceded by “Total THC per unit”;

  • (f) the quantity of CBD, in milligrams, in each unit, preceded by “CBD per unit”;

  • (g) the quantity of CBD, in milligrams, that each unit could yield, taking into account the potential to convert CBDA into CBD, preceded by “Total CBD per unit”;

  • (h) the carrier oil used;

  • (i) the name of any food allergen, within the meaning of subsection B.01.010.1(1) of the Food and Drug Regulations, that is contained in the cannabis oil; and

  • (j) in the case of cannabis oil that is not intended for oral administration, the warning “DO NOT SWALLOW / NE PAS AVALER”.

 
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