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Marijuana packaging, labeling workshop draws big crowd in Portland

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Laurie Wolf has the recipes down. Her mixed nuts, with rosemary, sea salt, brown sugar and cumin, won a 2015 Dope Cup award. The Almond Cake Bites won second place.

The Laurie & MaryJane line of edibles is currently sold at medical marijuana dispensaries around Portland.

But before Wolf, the author of HERB: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis, and her business partner can expand to the recreational market, they need follow state requirements to keep their products on shelves.

“It seems like we’re going to be able to get through the hoops,” she said. “Hopefully it’s happening pretty soon.”

If turnout at an OLCC and Oregon Health Authority workshop on packaging and labeling for marijuana products is any indication, many more entrepreneurs would like to join Laurie & MaryJane on store shelves.

Close to 150 people attended Monday’s workshop at the OLCC building in southeast Portland.

Dozens more were turned away because the three meeting rooms were filled.

Those who did make it in learned about the pre-approval process for packaging and labeling.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission Recreational Marijuana Division will have to approve packaging and labeling for every medicinal and recreational marijuana product sold in the state.

Packages must be child-resistant, not attractive to minors and not including any misleading or untruthful information.      

The Oregon Health Authority has created a universal symbol that must be put on the principal display panel of every marijuana product. The symbol, featuring a white exclamation point on a black background and a white marijuana leaf on a red background, must be a certain size.

The product display must also include the net weight and the common name of the product.

The OHA is also setting limits on potency and serving sizes of edibles.

Wolf expects to make changes to their packages and the serving sizes of products.

“I love our packaging. I love the colors. It may be minor changes and all the different dosing information,” said Wolf. “It is costly, but you know, it’s a business.”

Packaged products currently sold at medical marijuana dispensaries must meet the new labeling standards by June 1.

Afterward, new medical marijuana products and recreational marijuana products will have to meet the requirements before being sold in stores.

The OLCC presentation on the pre-approval process is available on their website.

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