California Bill Would Require More Warning Labels on Cannabis Products

A California proposal would add new regulations for cannabis product packaging and require consumption risk warning labels.

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A bill proposed in California would require cannabis products to carry labels that warn of the risks associated with cannabis consumption, including DUI, teen use and brain development, mental health risks including schizophrenia, and suicidal thoughts and actions, KCRA3 reports.   

The proposed warnings would read:

  • “WARNING: Do not buy illegally sold cannabis as it is more likely to contain unsafe additives or harmful contaminants such as mold or pesticides.”
  • “WARNING: Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. Exposure to cannabis during pregnancy may harm your baby’s health, including causing low birth weight.”
  • “WARNING: Cannabis use may contribute to mental health problems, including psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Risk is greatest for frequent users and when using products with high THC levels.”
  • “WARNING: Cannabis use may contribute to mental health problems, including increased thoughts of suicide and suicide attempts. Risk is greatest for frequent users.”

Lawmakers are also seeking to force retailers to distribute informational brochures to first-time customers outlining the risks of cannabis consumption.

California already requires warning labels and marketing to children is banned. Lindsay Robinson, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Association, told OPB that the bill “is really duplicative and puts unnecessary burdens on the legal cannabis industry.”

The measure passed the Senate 23-3 on May 25 and referred to the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions on June 2. If approved, the changes would be required to take effect on Jan. 1, 2025.

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