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Packaging & Labeling

(410 ILCS 705/) Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Section 55-21. Cannabis Product Packaging and Labeling.

a) Each cannabis product produced for sale shall be registered with the Department of Agriculture on forms provided by the Department of Agriculture. Each product registration shall include a label and the required registration fee at the rate established by the Department of Agriculture for a comparable medical cannabis product, or as established by rule. The registration fee is for the name of the product offered for sale and one fee shall be sufficient for all package sizes.

b) All harvested cannabis intended for distribution to a cannabis enterprise must be packaged in a sealed, labeled container.

c) Any product containing cannabis shall be packaged in a sealed, odor-proof, and child-resistant cannabis container consistent with current standards, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission standards referenced by the Poison Prevention Act.

d) All cannabis-infused products shall be individually wrapped or packaged at the original point of preparation. The packaging of the cannabis-infused product shall conform to the labeling requirements of the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, in addition to the other requirements set forth in this Section.

e) Each cannabis product shall be labeled before sale and each label shall be securely affixed to the package and shall state in legible English and any languages required by the Department of Agriculture:

1) The name and post office box of the registered cultivation center or craft grower where the item was manufactured;

2) The common or usual name of the item and the registered name of the cannabis product that was registered with the Department of Agriculture under subsection (a);

3) A unique serial number that will match the product with a cultivation center or craft grower batch and lot number to facilitate any warnings or recalls the Department of Agriculture, cultivation center, or craft grower deems appropriate;

4) The date of final testing and packaging, if sampled, and the identification of the independent testing laboratory;

5) The date of harvest and “use by” date;

6) The quantity (in ounces or grams) of cannabis contained in the product;

7) A pass/fail rating based on the laboratory’s microbiological, mycotoxins, and pesticide and solvent residue analyses, if sampled.

8) Content list:

A. A list of the following, including the minimum and maximum percentage content by weight for subdivisions (d)(8)(A)(i) through (iv):

i. delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC);

ii. tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA);

iii. cannabidiol (CBD);

iv. cannabidiolic acid (CBDA); and

v. all other ingredients of the item, including any colors, artificial flavors, and preservatives, listed in descending order by predominance of weight shown with common or usual names.

B. The acceptable tolerances for the minimum percentage printed on the label for any of subdivisions (d)(8)(A)(i) through (iv) shall not be below 85% or above 115% of the labeled amount;

f) Packaging must not contain information that:

1) is false or misleading;

2) promotes excessive consumption;

3) depicts a person under 21 years of age consuming cannabis;

4) includes the image of a cannabis leaf;

5) includes any image designed or likely to appeal to minors, including cartoons, toys, animals, or children, or any other likeness to images, characters, or phrases that are popularly used to advertise to children, or any packaging or labeling that bears reasonable resemblance to any product available for consumption as a commercially available candy, or that promotes consumption of cannabis; or

6) contains any seal, flag, crest, coat of arms, or other insignia likely to mislead the purchaser to believe that the product has been endorsed, made, or used by the State of Illinois or any of its representatives except where authorized by this Act.

g) Cannabis products produced by concentrating or extracting ingredients from the cannabis plant shall contain the following information, where applicable:

1) If solvents were used to create the concentrate or extract, a statement that discloses the type of extraction method, including any solvents or gases used to create the concentrate or extract; and

2) Any other chemicals or compounds used to produce or were added to the concentrate or extract.

h) All cannabis products must contain warning statements established for purchasers, of a size that is legible and readily visible to a consumer inspecting a package, which may not be covered or obscured in any way. The Department of Public Health shall define and update appropriate health warnings for packages including specific labeling or warning requirements for specific cannabis products.

i) Unless modified by rule to strengthen or respond to new evidence and science, the following warnings shall apply to all cannabis products unless modified by rule:

“This product contains cannabis and is intended for use by adults 21 and over. Its use can impair cognition and may be habit forming. This product should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women. It is unlawful to sell or provide this item to any individual, and it may not be transported outside the State of Illinois. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of cannabis. Possession or use of this product may carry significant legal penalties in some jurisdictions and under federal law.”.

j) Warnings for each of the following product types must be present on labels when offered for sale to a purchaser:

1) Cannabis that may be smoked must contain the statement:

“Smoking is hazardous to your health.”

2) Cannabis-infused products (other than those intended for topical application) must contain the statement:

“CAUTION: This product contains cannabis, and intoxication following use may be delayed 2 or more hours. This product was produced in a facility that cultivates cannabis, and that may also process common food allergens.”

3) Cannabis-infused products intended for topical application must contain the statement:

“DO NOT EAT” in bold, capital letters.

k) Each cannabis-infused product intended for consumption must be individually packaged, must include the total milligram content of THC and CBD, and may not include more than a total of 100 milligrams of THC per package. A package may contain multiple servings of 10 milligrams of THC, and indicated by scoring, wrapping, or by other indicators designating individual serving sizes. The Department of Agriculture may change the total amount of THC allowed for each package, or the total amount of THC allowed for each serving size, by rule.

l) No individual other than the purchaser may alter or destroy any labeling affixed to the primary packaging of cannabis or cannabis-infused products.

m) For each commercial weighing and measuring device used at a facility, the cultivation center or craft grower must:

1) Ensure that the commercial device is licensed under the Weights and Measures Act and the associated administrative rules (8 Ill. Adm. Code 600);

2) Maintain documentation of the licensure of the commercial device; and Provide a copy of the license of the commercial device to the Department of Agriculture for review upon request.

n) It is the responsibility of the Department to ensure that packaging and labeling requirements, including product warnings, are enforced at all times for products provided to purchasers. Product registration requirements and container requirements may be modified by rule by the Department of Agriculture.

o) Labeling, including warning labels, may be modified by rule by the Department of Agriculture.