NCIA: Child Resistant Requirements and Challenges

by NCIA’s Packaging and Labeling Committee
Nancy Warner, Assurpack; and Rachel Kane, Sure Lock Packaging, Inc.

Child Resistant requirements for cannabis products is part of the regulatory structure for almost every state that has legalized marijuana for both medical and adult use. These requirements pose challenges to the entire supply chain from growers, manufacturers, dispensaries and customers.

Child resistant packaging is defined by the CPSC on a federal level. Most states refer to the CPSC guidelines for testing and certification of packages. There is no such thing as a child proof package. There is only a child resistant package as defined by the CPSC or other state cannabis regulators.

No one likes child resistant packaging – that’s a given. It is used because regulations require it. The cannabis industry is one of only a few that have to use this type of special packaging.