New ‘Integrated Cannabis Vaporizer’ Packaging, Labeling, Advertising, and Marketing Requirements Go Into Effect July 1

This is a press release from the Department of Cannabis Control:

California Department of Cannabis Control logoIn 2022, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1894, the “Integrated cannabis vaporizer: packaging, labeling, advertisement, and marketing” bill. Beginning July 1, 2024, this bill will add new requirements for the packaging, labeling, advertising, or marketing of cannabis cartridges and integrated cannabis vaporizers.

There are two parts to the new requirements.

  1. Advertising and marketing materials for cannabis cartridges or integrated cannabis vaporizers are required to display specific messaging on how to properly dispose of a cannabis cartridge or an integrated cannabis vaporizer.
  2. Packaging and labeling of cannabis cartridges and integrated cannabis vaporizers can no longer include statements that indicate or imply that the items are disposable, may be thrown in the trash, or added to recycling streams.

New requirements for advertising and marketing, as of July 1, 2024.

Licensees must clearly display the following messages in a clear and legible fashion when advertising and marketing cannabis cartridges or integrated cannabis vaporizers.

Required message for the advertising and marketing of:

  • Cannabis Cartridges: “A spent cannabis cartridge shall be properly disposed of as hazardous waste at a household hazardous waste facility or other approved facility.”
  • Integrated Cannabis Vaporizers: “An empty integrated cannabis vaporizer shall be properly disposed of as hazardous waste at a household hazardous waste collection facility or other approved facility.”

New requirements for packaging and labeling, as of July 1, 2024.

Licensees must not package or label cannabis cartridges or integrated cannabis vaporizers in a manner that indicates or implies that it is disposable, may be thrown in the trash or added to recycling streams.

Licensees do not need to add any new language or messaging to the packaging or labels for cannabis cartridges or integrated cannabis vaporizers.

What should licensees do if they have cannabis cartridges and integrated cannabis vaporizers that do not meet the requirements of AB 1894?

Licensees in possession of cannabis cartridges or integrated cannabis vaporizers that are packaged or labeled in a manner that doesn’t meet the requirements of AB 1894 should move the existing products through and out of the supply chain as quickly as possible.  DCC plans to initially prioritize education and outreach to support increased compliance.

Need additional information or have questions. 

For additional information about packaging, labeling, advertising, and marketing requirements, the DCC recommends you review the information linked below:

If you have questions, please email [email protected] or call 1-844-61-CA-DCC (1-844-612-2322).

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Country Joe
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29 days ago

Okie Dokey…

Legallettuce
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Legallettuce
29 days ago

lol, what? Did I miss something. How is distilled coconut oil and extracted THC hazardous.

Thatguyinarcata
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Thatguyinarcata
28 days ago
Reply to  Legallettuce

Yeah I don’t get the carts thing.

I assume the “integrated cannabis vaporizer” is one of those all in one deals that surely has a lithium ion battery.

Bozo
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Bozo
29 days ago

(Sighs). A law with no effect.
Spent vape cartridges will continue to be ejected from car windows.

Truth Be Told
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Truth Be Told
29 days ago
Reply to  Bozo

Your name is a good fit if you routinely throw trash out your car window.

But you’re right about one thing – the law will have no effect – another example of futility in action by your namesakes in the state legislature.

It’s stupid to expect individual users to hang onto them and then find a HHW disposal center once they have a few saved up – it’s not gonna happen.

It’s doubtful if even 1% of users will be aware of or pay any attention to this law.

If DCC was even semi serious about this they’d require any retailer selling cartridges or vaporizers to act as collection centers.

Last edited 29 days ago
Bozo
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Bozo
29 days ago
Reply to  Truth Be Told

>”Your name is a good fit if you routinely throw trash out your car window.”

Nope. I pick trash up. No dope. No nicotine. No booze.
No Fent/Tranq/Cocaine/Heroin/Meth/Mushrooms… (etc.)
Suppose that compared to typical er… ‘modern folks’… hence… ‘Bozo’.

Bozo for President. (Think I might still have the lapel pin… from long ago.)

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Truth Be Told
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Truth Be Told
29 days ago
Reply to  Bozo

I either read your comment too quickly or erroneously assumed you were describing your practice – thanks for the clarification.

I imagine Bozo the Clown’s campaign slogans could have included stuff like “Put A Real Clown In The White House – Bozo For President”.

Country Joe
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29 days ago
Reply to  Bozo

I still have one of those buttons.

Redwood Dan
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Redwood Dan
29 days ago
Reply to  Truth Be Told

You’re both wrong, it will have an effect. It will add further burden and costs to already struggling small farms. Won’t mean much for huge companies and no, it won’t stop consumers from throwing them out the window or in the trash.

Truth Be Told
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Truth Be Told
29 days ago
Reply to  Redwood Dan

This doesn’t apply to small farms unless they’re also licensees for cannabis cartridges or vaporizers and even then it only requires a statement be added to advertising and a separate statement not be included in packaging or labeling so I don’t see it as a burden – but it will be ineffective in accomplishing it’s intended goal.

shortjohnson
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shortjohnson
26 days ago
Reply to  Truth Be Told

and give a quarter in return for the devices. Like a tin can refund.

SMH
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SMH
29 days ago

They can’t get paid to make stupid laws if they don’t come up with any 😂. This is a prime example of a ridiculous waste of the tax money they collect from the citizens.

Farce
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Farce
29 days ago
Reply to  SMH

It’s so easy for them. They just take and take our money and say it’s for our own good. They waste it. We barely even complain let alone do anything about it. Like candy from a baby why would they ever stop or even slow down? We keep voting for them to do exactly this….

Farce
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Farce
29 days ago

How many meetings, how many staff hours preparing documents, how much was spent making this idiot legislation? Poof!!That’s our money going up in smoke…and the DCC shows again just how useful they are…

Panthera Onca
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Panthera Onca
29 days ago

Clearer labeling of thinning agents like PPG, PEG, Glycerin and Triglycerides would be helpful also. Duh.

CsMisadventures
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CsMisadventures
29 days ago
Reply to  Panthera Onca

So what you do is print it all on a mini label that can be affixed to whatever needs to have a label. Like those you’d see on medicine bottles, boxes, various household chemicals and anything that needs warning verbiage measured in square feet, but you have three inches of space. There are few, if any regulations on type size for that printing either. In days of newsprint, anything smaller than 6pt type, or 4pt at best was deemed unreadable and wasn’t allowed for fine print in ads as it would be completely unreadable. Digital printing you can print at microscopic sizes, so to stay in compliance, companies resort to those glued on mini-manuals of information.