Custom Cannabis Labels for Colorado
Colorado was among the first U.S. states to legalize adult recreational marijuana use, and, not surprisingly, has some of the nation’s most stringent rules and regulations for marijuana labeling. If you’re selling usable cannabis, cannabis-infused products, or cannabis concentrates in Colorado, it is of utmost importance that your product labels communicate all the mandatory regulatory information and include tamper-proof security features.
Custom Cannabis Label Material and Treatment Options
Labels for marijuana products are required by state law to meet specific standards. We manufacture cannabis labels using the same high-quality materials and techniques for our custom cannabis labels are used for our custom wine and spirit labels to achieve exceptional results on the shelf.
We have the capability to print your cannabis labels and seals on various materials without compromising the required temper-evident features. Some of our material and finish options include:
- Soft-touch finish
- Pearlescent finish
- Metallic, clear and white films
- Veneer/wood finish
- Linen and Estate papers
- 70# uncoated felt papers
- Metallic and holographic foils & papers
- PCW (recycled) material options
- and more
In addition to custom materials and finishes we provide several surface treatments options to customize the look of your cannabis labels. Some of these options include foil stamping, sculpted embossing, textured finishes, and more.
At Labels West, we have the experience and expertise to create the perfect custom labels for your cannabis products. We deliver custom marijuana labels that provide all the product information Colorado state regulations require while giving your products a one-of-a-kind look that will help them stand out in a crowded marketplace.
Colorado Cannabis Label Requirements
In the Centennial State, all medical and recreational marijuana and marijuana-infused products that are sold, transferred, or otherwise provided to customers must be contained in a package that is labeled with all required information.
The requirements below are not comprehensive, as regulations and requirements may change with little advanced notice. For further details and up-to-date marijuana label regulations, please visit colorado.gov/marijuana.
Guidelines for recreational cannabis labeling and packaging in Colorado include:
- Label text:
- May not make any false or misleading claims regarding health/physical benefits;
- Must be no smaller than 1/16”;
- Must be clearly written or printed and in English;
- Must be conspicuous and unobstructed. Multiple labels may be affixed to a container, as long as none of the information required by these rules is completely obscured.
- Each container of medical and recreational marijuana product must be labeled with all necessary and relevant information for consumers. This information must be easily accessible to consumers, clear, and conspicuous, and includes:
- License number of the Optional Premises Cultivation Operation (OPCO) where the marijuana was grown;
- The assigned Harvest Batch Number;
- The net weight of the product prior to packaging;
- A comprehensive list of all nonorganic pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides used during the planting, growing, and cultivation of the marijuana;
- A Potency Statement of at least the marijuana’s THC and CBD, expressed as a range of percentages that extends from the lowest to the highest percentages of concentration for each cannabinoid listed, from every test conducted on that strain of plant cultivated by the same OPCO within the last six months;
- Required contaminant testing statement meeting the standards of Code of Colorado Regulations 1 CCR 212-1 Marijuana Enforcement Division 142;
i. If all required contaminant tests (for microbials, mold, mildew, and filth) have been performed and passed, the package shall bear a label stating exactly: “The marijuana contained in this package complies with the mandatory contaminant testing required by Rule M 1501”;
ii. If all contaminant tests have not been performed, the package must bear a label stating exactly: “The marijuana contained within this package has not been tested for contaminants”, except:
iii. If the OPCO has successfully validated its process regarding contaminants in accordance with Rule M 1501, the container must bear a label stating exactly: “The marijuana contained within this package complies with the mandatory minimum contaminant testing required by Rule M 1501”;
- The following warnings and notifications:
i. “This product is intended for use by adults 21 years and older. Keep out of the reach of children”;
ii. “There may be health risks associated with the consumption of this product”;
iii. “This product was produced without regulatory oversight for health, safety, or efficacy”;
iv. “Do not drive a motor vehicle or operate heavy machinery while using marijuana”;
v. “There may be additional health risks associated with the consumption of this product for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan on becoming pregnant”;
vi. “This product is infused with marijuana”;
vii. “The intoxicating effects of this product may be delayed two or more hours”;
- All cannabis labels must also Colorado’s universal THC symbol.
- Medical and recreational marijuana products will have similar, but different symbols;
- This statement must be included, directly below the symbol: “Contains marijuana. Keep out of the reach of children”;
- For recreational marijuana products, every individual serving (standardized as 10mg of THC) of an edible marijuana-infused product must be individually marked, stamped, or imprinted with the above-mentioned symbol;
- For medical marijuana, edible products must be marked, stamped, or imprinted with the universal symbol;
i. Manufacturers of medical marijuana-infused products may choose to determine standard portions. Each portion must be marked, stamped, or imprinted with the THC symbol;
- Packaging and labels may not be designed to appeal to children. This includes, but is not limited to, cartoon characters or similar images.
- The words “candy” or “candies” cannot be used on marijuana product labels in Colorado, unless it is part of the marijuana establishment’s name.
Additional Best Practices for Colorado Marijuana Labels
Legal labeling requirements always take precedence over the look of your label
Ensure that your cannabis labels provide all the legally required regulatory information before working on the look of your labels or their branding. Legal compliance is mandatory—creativity is secondary.
Always use the right label material(s) for your product’s container
The packaging of your product will determine the material needs of your labels. Labels West works with a broad range of label materials, and will help you find the best option for your application.
Contact Us for Turnkey Service & Top Quality Custom Cannabis Labels
When you work with Labels West, you’ll receive custom marijuana labels that are tailored to your unique specifications. We provide complete, turnkey service—design consultation, material selection, full-color digital offset or HD-Flexo printing, custom die cutting, tamper-proofing, and more—to give you the perfect labels for your product.