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Cannabis Regulations (SOR/2018-144)

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Regulations are current to 2020-01-27 and last amended on 2019-12-09. Previous Versions

PART 7Packaging and Labelling (continued)

Labelling — Cannabis Products (continued)

Marginal note:Wrapper

  •  (1) The interior and exterior surface of a wrapper must

    • (a) not display any brand element;

    • (b) not display any image or information;

    • (c) be one uniform colour, which may be different for each surface;

    • (d) not be fluorescent, have fluorescent properties in the ink or have pigments that absorb ultraviolet energy and transmit it as a longer wavelength, such as the Pantone 800 series;

    • (e) have a smooth texture without any embossing or decorative ridges;

    • (f) not include any hidden feature that is designed to change the appearance of the wrapper, such as heat-activated ink or a feature that is visible only through technological means; and

    • (g) not be capable of emitting a scent or sound.

  • Marginal note:Standardized cannabis symbol

    (2) Despite paragraph (1)(b), the standardized cannabis symbol that must be obtained from the Minister in the form of an electronic file must be clearly and prominently displayed on the exterior surface of any wrapper if the concentration of THC in the cannabis that is in direct contact with the wrapper or that is in the cannabis accessory that is in direct contact with the wrapper is greater than 10 μg/g, taking into account the potential to convert THCA into THC.

  • Marginal note:Requirements

    (3) The standardized cannabis symbol must meet the following requirements:

    • (a) it must be at least 1.27 cm by 1.27 cm in size;

    • (b) it must be displayed with a white border of at least 2 points on all sides; and

    • (c) if a change is made to the size of the symbol, its dimensions must be proportional vertically and horizontally.

  • SOR/2019-206, s. 39

Marginal note:Dried cannabis or fresh cannabis — discrete units and not intended for inhalation

  •  (1) 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 and is not intended to be consumed by means of inhalation, 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”;

    • (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”; and

    • (h) the intended use of the cannabis product.

  • Marginal note:Maximum quantity of THC on label

    (2) The quantity of THC that is included, in accordance with paragraph (1)(e), on the label of a container in which is packaged dried cannabis or fresh cannabis — or a cannabis accessory that contains dried cannabis or fresh cannabis — that is intended for ingestion or nasal, rectal or vaginal use must not exceed 10 mg.

  • SOR/2019-206, s. 40

Marginal note:Dried cannabis or fresh cannabis — discrete units and intended for inhalation

 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 and is intended to be consumed by means of inhalation, 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 concentration of THC, in milligrams per gram, preceded by “THC”;

  • (e) the concentration of THC, in milligrams per gram, that the dried cannabis or fresh cannabis could yield, taking into account the potential to convert THCA into THC, preceded by “Total THC”;

  • (f) the concentration of CBD, in milligrams per gram, preceded by “CBD”;

  • (g) the concentration of CBD, in milligrams per gram, that the dried cannabis or fresh cannabis could yield, taking into account the potential to convert CBDA into CBD, preceded by “Total CBD”; and

  • (h) the intended use of the cannabis product.

  • SOR/2019-206, s. 41

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 concentration of THC, in milligrams per gram, preceded by “THC”;

  • (c) the concentration of THC, in milligrams per gram, 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 concentration of CBD, in milligrams per gram, preceded by “CBD”; and

  • (e) the concentration of CBD, in milligrams per gram, that the dried cannabis or fresh cannabis could yield, taking into account the potential to convert CBDA into CBD, preceded by “Total CBD”.

  • SOR/2019-206, s. 42

 [Repealed, SOR/2019-206, s. 43]

 [Repealed, SOR/2019-206, s. 43]

Marginal note:Cannabis plants

 In the case of a cannabis plant, the number of plants in the container must be included on the label that is applied to any container in which a cannabis product is packaged.

Marginal note:Cannabis plant seeds

 In the case of cannabis plant seeds, the number of seeds in the container must be included on the label that is applied to any container in which a cannabis product is packaged.

Marginal note:Presentation of information — general requirement

  •  (1) All information that is included on a label must be in English and in French, except for the INCI name and the EU trivial name.

  • Marginal note:Presentation — required information

    (2) All information that is required to be included on a label must be clearly and prominently displayed and readily discernible under the customary conditions of purchase and use.

  • Marginal note:Other required information

    (3) All information that is required to be included on a label, other than the brand name, the standardized cannabis symbol and the health warning message must meet the following requirements:

    • (a) subject to subparagraph (e)(ii), it must be in a regular weight and width standard sans serif font, without italics, in the colour black and with leading of at least 7 points;

    • (b) it must be in one single font type;

    • (c) it must be in a type size of at least 6 points and smaller than the type size used for the health warning message;

    • (d) it must be on a white background that extends at least 6 points on all sides away from the information; and

    • (e) in the case of the information required under paragraphs 124(1)(d) to (g), 124.1(d) to (g), 125(b) to (e), 132.1(1)(d) to (g), 132.11(d) to (g), 132.12(1)(b) to (e), 132.15(d) to (g), 132.16(b) to (e), 132.18(1)(c) to (j) and 132.19(1)(b) to (e), it must be

      • (i) displayed on the principal display panel, or if there are separate principal display panels for English and French, on each principal display panel,

      • (ii) in bold type, and

      • (iii) at least 6 points away from any other information.

  • Marginal note:Brand name

    (4) The brand name that is required to be included on a label must meet the following requirements:

    • (a) it must be in a type size that is smaller than or equal to the type size used for the health warning message;

    • (b) it must not be a colour that has the lustre of metal or has metallic properties in the ink, such as Pantone Metallics or Pantone Premium Metallics;

    • (c) it must not be a colour that is fluorescent, has fluorescent properties in the ink or has pigments that absorb ultraviolet energy and transmit it as a longer wavelength, such as the Pantone 800 series; and

    • (d) it must be displayed only once on the principal display panel, or if there are separate principal display panels for English and French, only once on each principal display panel.

  • Marginal note:Standardized cannabis symbol

    (5) The standardized cannabis symbol that is required to be included on a label must meet the following requirements:

    • (a) it must appear in the upper left 25% of the principal display panel, or if there are separate principal display panels for English and French, in the upper left 25% of each principal display panel;

    • (b) it must be at least 1.27 cm by 1.27 cm in size;

    • (c) it must be displayed with a white border of at least 2 points on all sides;

    • (d) it must be oriented in such a manner that its text is readable from left to right when the container is displayed or visible under the customary conditions of purchase and use; and

    • (e) if a change is made to the size of the symbol, its dimensions must be proportional vertically and horizontally.

  • Marginal note:Health warning message

    (6) The health warning message that is required to be included on a label must meet the following requirements:

    • (a) it must be displayed on the principal display panel or, if there are separate principal display panels for English and French, on each principal display panel;

    • (b) subject to paragraphs (c) and (d), it must be in a regular weight and width standard sans serif font, without italics, in the colour black and with leading of at least 8 points;

    • (c) the word “WARNING” must be in upper case letters and bold type;

    • (d) the first sentence must be in sentence case letters and bold type;

    • (e) the second sentence must be in sentence case letters;

    • (f) it must be in the same font type as that used for the information referred to in subsection (3);

    • (g) it must be in a type size of at least 7 points and the type size must be equal to or larger than the type size used for the brand name;

    • (h) it must be within a black border that is a solid line of at least 1 point and that has an inset of at least 6 points on all sides between the message and the border;

    • (i) the background colour must be yellow with the CMYK value (C=0 M=0 Y=100 K=0);

    • (j) the message must be

      • (i) left-justified without hyphenation, and

      • (ii) oriented in such a manner that its text is readable from left to right when the container is displayed or visible under the customary conditions of purchase and use; and

      • (iii) [Repealed, SOR/2019-206, s. 44]

    • (k) in the case where there is one principal display panel, there must be at least 3 points between the English and French message.

  • Marginal note:Attribution

    (7) Any attribution to the source of the health warning message that is included on the label must meet the following requirements:

    • (a) only the following attributions may be displayed:

      • (i) if there is one principal display panel, the words “Health Canada / Santé Canada”, and

      • (ii) if there are separate principal display panels for English and French, the words “Health Canada” for the English display panel and the words “Santé Canada” for the French display panel;

    • (b) it must be in the same font type as that used for the information referred to in subsection (3);

    • (c) it must be in a type size of at least 6 points and smaller than the type size used for the health warning message; and

    • (d) it must be inside the border of the health warning message and be displayed in the bottom right corner below the health warning message text, with leading of at least 7 points.

  • Marginal note:Other information

    (8) Any other information that is included on the label must meet the following requirements:

    • (a) it must be in regular weight and width standard sans serif font, without italics, and in black or white colour; and

    • (b) it must be in a type size that is smaller than or equal to the type size used for the information referred to in subsection (3).

  • Marginal note:Brand element

    (9) A label may include only one brand element, other than a brand name, if that brand element meets the following requirements:

    • (a) it must be displayed only once on the principal display panel or, if there are separate principal display panels for English and French, only once on each principal display panel;

    • (b) it must not be a colour that has the lustre of metal or has metallic properties in the ink, such as Pantone Metallics or Pantone Premium Metallics;

    • (c) it must not be a colour that is fluorescent, has fluorescent properties in the ink or has pigments that absorb ultraviolet energy and transmit it as a longer wavelength, such as the Pantone 800 series;

    • (d) if the brand element is an image, its surface area must be

      • (i) in the case where the standardized cannabis symbol must be included on the label in accordance with paragraph 123(1)(f), smaller than or equal to the surface area of the standardized cannabis symbol, or

      • (ii) in any other case, smaller than or equal to 25% of the principal display panel and smaller than or equal to the surface area within the border that surrounds the health warning message that is included on the label in accordance with paragraph (6)(h); and

    • (e) if the brand element is text only, its type size must be smaller than or equal to the type size used for the health warning message.

  • Marginal note:Image

    (10) The label may include an image that is printed in black and white and that provides instructions on how to open the container.

  • Marginal note:Location of information on irradiation — edible cannabis

    (11) Information that is required to be included on a label under paragraph 132.18(1)(p) or 132.19(1)(k) must be displayed on the principal display panel or, if there are separate principal display panels for English and French, on each principal display panel.

  • SOR/2019-206, s. 44
 
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