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Packaging Regulations

Medical cannabidiol packaging. A manufacturer shall package all medical cannabidiol intended for distribution according to the following standards:

  • The manufacturer shall properly package medical cannabidiol in compliance with the United States Poison Prevention Packing Act regarding child-resistant packaging and exemptions for packaging for elderly patients.
  • The manufacturer shall label packaged medical cannabidiol as described in subrule 154.21(3).
  • The manufacturer shall use medical containers that are: 
    • Of sufficient size to accommodate a separate dispensary label containing the information described in rule 645—154.46(124E);
    • Designed to maximize the shelf life of the contained medical cannabidiol;
    • Tamper-evident; and
    • Child-resistant.
  • Medical cannabidiol packaging shall not bear a reasonable resemblance to commonly available nonmedical commercial products.
  • The manufacturer shall package medical cannabidiol in a manner that minimizes the package’s appeal to children.
  • The manufacturer shall not depict images other than the manufacturer’s business name or logo on the packaging.

Trade names. A manufacturer’s medical cannabidiol trade names shall comply with the following:

  • Names shall be limited to those that clearly reflect the form’s medical cannabidiol nature;
  • Any name that is identical to, or similar to, the name of an existing nonmedical cannabidiol product is prohibited;
  • Any name that is identical to, or similar to, the name of an unlawful product or substance is prohibited; and
  • Any name that contains language that suggests using medical cannabidiol for recreational purposes or for a condition other than a qualifying debilitating medical condition is prohibited.

Package labeling

  • A manufacturershall ensure that all medical cannabidiol packaging islabeled with the following information:
    • The name and address of the manufacturer where the medical cannabidiol was manufactured;
    • The medical cannabidiol’s primary active ingredients, including levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, cannabidiol, and cannabidiolic acid;
    • Directions for use of the product, including recommended and maximum amount by age and weight, if applicable;
    • All ingredients of the product shown with common or usual names, including any colors, artificial flavors, and preservatives, listed in descending order by predominance of weight;
    • Instructions for storage, including light and temperature requirements, if any;
    • Date of expiration;
    • The date of manufacture and lot number;
    • A notice with the statement, including capitalization: “This product has not been analyzed or approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. There is limited information on the side effects of using this product, and there may be associated health risks and medication interactions. This product is not recommended for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women. KEEP THIS PRODUCT OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.”;
    • The universal warning symbol provided by the department; and
    • A notice with the statement: “This medical cannabidiol is for therapeutic use only. Use of this product by a person other than the patient listed on the label is unlawful and may result in the cancellation of the patient’s medical cannabidiol registration card. Return unused medical cannabidiol to a dispensary for disposal.”
  • Labeling text shall not include any false or misleading statements.
  • A package may contain multiple labels if the information required by this rule is not obstructed.
  • Labeling text font size shall be no smaller than 6 point.

Iowa packaging and labeling pdf

Law Resources

Shipping Regulations

– It’s Federally illegal to transport cannabis products across state lines, excluding hemp-derived CBD products
– Importing certain materials such as vape batteries and cartridges may be considered Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems or ENDS under the PACT ACT, and thus may be challenging to ship.

Extra Notes

*This document is intended to serve as a guide and should not be construed as legal advice.

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