The new year is expected to bring a pretty big change to the marijuana industry with new labeling requirements for food products that contain cannabis.
Nevada already has some of the most stringent rules in the country regarding edible marijuana products. But the goal of the new law is to make products like gummies and chocolates less attractive to children.
This new change is meant to ease confusion once the edible is out of its packaging.
“This is actually a very unique process for us, as we are just getting started launching Wana Brands,” said Kristin Ehasz, the co-founder of Even Cannabis Company.
Ehasz is keeping a watchful eye as her company ramps up production of cannabis-infused gummies for Colorado-based company Wana Brands. It will meet new labeling standards that take effect Jan.1.
“So luckily, we’re launching these gummies right at the beginning of this new regulation taking effect, so we didn’t have to do a lot of changes on our site. We can just hit the ground rolling,” said Ehasz.
Reminiscent of the slot machines of the past, workers use a machine that is reminiscent of a one-armed bandit slot machine to fill the molds row-by-row and tray-by-tray.
The new molds are special because they have a THC warning symbol built right in to warn consumers the candy contains the cannabis chemical that gets you high.
“So we have a whole machine shop that we make our own molds with the THC symbol in them,” said Stephanie Daly, Wana Brands.
New Nevada marijuana regulations require all edible products manufactured after Dec. 31 have to have this symbol printed in some form directly on the food.
Daly, who’s company Wana Brands has licensed Even Cannabis to manufacture its gummies, says her company has quickly adapted to the change.
“We’re really happy to do it honestly because it’s just another step of making sure that the products are not getting into the hands of children,” Daly said.
Edible products are already required to have a warning label, but once they are out of the wrapper, they can be mistaken for regular candies or chocolates.
Regulators approved the change as an extra safeguard against underage consumption.
So what happens to any leftover inventory at the dispensaries manufactured before the first of the year?
Retailers can still sell those products, as long as the “made by” date on them is before Jan. 1, 2019.