Custom Cannabis Labels for Washington State

Washington was one of the first states to legalize adult recreational marijuana use, and has some of the country’s most extensive regulatory and labeling requirements. If you’re in the medical or recreational cannabis industry in the Evergreen State, it is critically important that your product labels meet all labeling requirements, include the necessary regulatory information, and provide tamper-proof security.

Custom Material and Treatment Options for Cannabis Labels

Cannabis labels are required to be high quality and meet specific state standards.  We use the same premium quality materials and embellishment techniques for our custom cannabis labels that go into our custom wine and spirit labels to deliver maximum impact.

To meet your unique medical and recreational marijuana labeling requirements, we can print your main labels and your tamper evident cannabis labels on a variety of exotic materials, including: 

  • Premium uncoated textured papers
  • Estate Felt and Linen papers
  • Metallic and holographic foils & papers
  • Soft-touch finish
  • Unique Pearlescent materials
  • Films (clear, white, metallic)
  • Veneer/wood
  • PCW (recycled) options
  • and more

We can also provide a range of surface embellishments/treatments to add visual “pop” to your custom cannabis labels. Options include foil stamping using multiple foil colors on a single label, creating sculpted embossing to bring out fine details, and more. Specialty textures, finishes, and high-build gloss varnishes are also available to bring your label artwork to life.

Labels West will work with you to create the perfect custom cannabis labels for your needs. Our labels will give your products a unique visual look that will help them stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace, while providing all the product information Washington state regulations require.

Special Considerations for Cannabis Labels in Washington

In early 2017, the State Liquor and Cannabis Board determined that all cannabis labels in Washington State need specialized packaging that makes marijuana-infused edibles and beverages easy to distinguish from everyday foods and drinks. The state has since enacted packaging rules that requires all beverages and foods (edibles) that contain marijuana to contain a special “Not for Kids” icon and an accompanying phone number for the state poison control center. 

Additionally, all recreational and medical marijuana labels must be tamper evident to protect consumers and the package’s contents. 

Washington Cannabis Label Requirements 

The information below is not comprehensive, as regulations and requirements may change with little advanced notice. For further details and up-to-date marijuana label regulations, please view WAC 314-55-105 on the Washington State Legislature website.

Washington State cannabis labeling and packaging guidelines include:

  1. All medical and recreational marijuana labels must comply with the version of NIST Handbook 130, Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulation, stated in chapter 16-662 WAC.
    1. All marijuana-infused products and marijuana concentrates meant to be eaten, swallowed, or inhaled must be contained in child-resistant packaging in accordance with Title 16 C.F.R. 1700 of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, or use other specified standards
    2. When sold at retail, all usable marijuana must be accompanied by material that contains the following warnings:
      1. “Warning: This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Smoking is hazardous to your health”;
      2. “There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product”;
      3. “This product should not be used by women who are pregnant or breast feeding”;
      4. “For use only by adults 21 years of age and older. Keep out of reach of children”, as well as the above mentioned “Not for Kids” labeling;
      5. “Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgement. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery while under the influence of this drug”;
      6. A statement fully disclosing any and all pesticides that were applied to the plants and/or growing medium during planting, growth, cultivation, and processing
    3. When sold at retail, all marijuana-infused products and concentrates must be accompanied by material that contains the following warnings:
      1. “There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product”;
      2. “This product is infused with marijuana or active compounds of marijuana”;
      3. “This product should not be used by women who are pregnant or breast feeding”;
      4. “For use only by adults 21 years of age or older. Keep out of reach of children”, as well as the above mentioned “Not for Kids” labeling;
      5. “Products containing marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgement. Do no operate a vehicle or machinery while under the influence of this drug”;
      6. “Caution: When eaten or swallowed, the intoxicating effects of this drug may be delayed by two hours or more”;
      7. A statement fully disclosing any and all pesticides applied to the plants and/or growing medium during planting, growth, cultivation, and processing of the base marijuana used to create the extract added to the infused product;
      8. A statement fully disclosing the type of extraction method used, as well as information on any gases, solvents, or other chemicals or compounds that are used to produce or added to the extract
    4. All usable cannabis labels for packages to be sold at retail must include the following information:
      1. The business/trade name and state UBI (unified business number) of the licensee(s) that produced, processed, and/or sold the usable marijuana. Retail licensee trade name(s) and UBI(s) may be in the form of a sticker placed on the label;
      2. The products’ 16-digit inventory ID number, as assigned by the State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s traceability system. This number must be the same one listed on the transport manifest;
      3. The product’s concentration of THC (total and activated) and CBD;
      4. Net weight in ounces/grams or volume;
      5. Warnings that state: “This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming”;
      6. Disclosure stating: “This product may be unlawful outside of Washington State”;
      7. Date harvested
      8. The State’s approved logo that must be placed on all usable marijuana packaging
    5. All labels affixed to marijuana-infused products to be sold at retail must include the following information:
      1. The business/trade name and state UBI (unified business number) of the licensee(s) that produced, processed, and/or sold the marijuana. Retail licensee trade name(s) and UBI(s) may be in the form of a sticker placed on the package or label;
      2. The product’s 16-digit inventory ID number, as assigned by the State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s traceability system. This number must be the same one listed on the transport manifest;
      3. Date manufactured
      4. “Best By” date
      5. Products which are meant to be eaten or swallowed must display information on recommended serving size, the number of servings contained in the package, and the total milligrams of active THC, or Delta 9;
      6. Net weight in ounces or grams;
      7. A list of all ingredients and major food allergens, as defined by the 2004 Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act.
      8. Notification stating: “Caution: When eaten or swallowed, the intoxicating effects of this drug may be delayed by two or more hours”;
      9. If a marijuana extract was added to or used in the making of the product, a disclosure of the type of extraction process, as well as any gas(es), solvent(s), or other chemicals used during extraction and/or any other compound added to the extract;
      10. Warnings stating: “This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming”;
      11. Disclosure stating: “This product may be unlawful outside of Washington State”;
      12. The State Liquor and Cannabis Board may create an official logo that must be placed on all marijuana-infused products.
    6. All labels affixed to marijuana concentrates to be sold at retail must include the following information:
      1. The business/trade name and state UBI (unified business number) of the licensee(s) that produced, processed, and/or sold the marijuana. Retail licensee trade name(s) and UBI(s) may be in the form of a sticker placed on the package/label;
      2. The product’s 16-digit inventory ID number, as assigned by the State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s traceability system. This number must be the same one listed on the transport manifest;
      3. Date manufactured
      4. “Best By” date
      5. Net weight in ounces or grams, or net volume (as appropriate)
      6. If a marijuana extract was added to or used in the making of the product, as well as a disclosure of the type of extraction process and any solvent(s), gas(es), or other chemicals used during extraction and/or any other compound added to the extract;
      7. Warnings stating: “This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming”;
      8. Disclosure stating: “This product may be unlawful outside of Washington State”;
      9. The State Liquor and Cannabis Board may create an official logo that must be placed on all marijuana concentrates.
    7. All containers and packages that contain usable marijuana, marijuana-infused products, or marijuana extract must protect the product against contamination, and must not impart any toxic or deleterious substance to the product.
    8. Usable marijuana, marijuana-infused products, and marijuana extracts may not be labeled as organic unless permitted by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) in accordance with the Organic Foods Protection Act.

Additional Best Practices for Washington State Cannabis Labels

Legal labeling regulations always take precedence over the look of your label

Ensure that your cannabis labels meet all of the above specifications before concerning yourself with the look or branding of your labels. Legal compliance is mandatory—the creativity of your label is secondary.

Be sure to use the right label material(s) for your product’s container

The construction of your packaging will dictate the material requirements for your label. Labels West works with a variety of label materials and can help you select the best option for your specific needs.

Contact Us for Full-Service Converting & Top Quality Custom Marijuana Labels

Labels West can produce the perfect custom cannabis labels for your products. We provide turnkey label manufacturing, from design consultation and material selection to full-color digital offset or HD-Flexo printing, custom die cutting, tamper-proofing, and more.

Request a quote on custom Washington marijuana labels, or contact Labels West to discuss your labeling requirements.





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