LEGISLATURE TO CONSIDER FIVE BILLS AFFECTING EDIBLE PACKAGING AND LABELING.

There are 5 bills introduced in the California Legislature that affect edibles and their packaging and labeling.

AB 76 (Chau) – Adult-use marijuana: marketing.

This is a spot bill.  A spot bill acts a place holder.  The legislative calendar contains deadlines for when bills must be introduced.  When a Legislator intends to produce a measure, but has not yet finalized its details, in order to comply with legislative deadlines, the Legislator may instead introduce a “spot bill.” The spot bill is a nonsubstantive placeholder whose contents will be replaced with substantive provisions at a later date.  This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to introduce legislation relating to the prohibition of the marketing of adult-use marijuana to children.

AB 175 (Chau) – Adult-use marijuana: packaging and labeling.

Existing law, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), places restrictions on the packaging and labeling of marijuana and marijuana products, including that the packaging be resealable, child resistant, and not made attractive to children. This bill would require a manufacturer, prior to introducing an edible marijuana

product into commerce in California, to submit the packaging and labeling to the bureau for approval and would require the bureau to determine whether the packaging and labeling are in compliance with the requirements of prescribed provisions of AUMA, including the requirements that the packaging be child resistant and not attractive to children, as specified. The bill would authorize the bureau to charge a manufacturer a fee for the determination, in an amount no greater than the amount required to cover the actual and reasonable costs of administering the approval program.

AB 350 (Salas) – Marijuana edibles: appealing to children.

This bill would specify that a marijuana product is deemed to be appealing to children or easily confused with commercially sold candy if it is in the shape of a person, animal, insect, fruit, or in another shape normally associated with candy, but would not prohibit a licensee from making an edible marijuana product in the shape of the licensee’s logo.

AB 1606 (Cooper) Edible marijuana products.

Existing law, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), places restrictions on edible marijuana products, including that the packaging be resealable, child resistant, and not made attractive to children.  This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation, consistent with AUMA, that would establish quality standards for edible marijuana products.

SB 663 (Nielsen) – Packages and labels of marijuana or marijuana products: children.

This bill would specify that a package or label of marijuana or marijuana products is deemed to be attractive to children if the package or label has specific characteristics, including, among others, resembling any candy, snack food, baked good, or beverage commercially sold without marijuana.

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