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MI Marijuana Regulators Push Non-Child Friendly Packaging Guidelines

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The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency is advising makers of cannabis-infused edibles to avoid packaging designs that may entice children to try their products.

The advisory states that edible marijuana products “shall not be in a shape or labeled in a manner that would appeal to minors aged 17 years or younger.” That includes graphics like cartoons, toys, and shapes or labels that could be confused with commercially sold candy. Edibles must also be packaged in child-resistant containers. Many products flavored with chocolate or fruit must be clearly marked “THC,” the abbreviation for the primary psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis.

The advisory has the support of both the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association and the Michigan Cannabis Manufacturing Association. Earlier this year, the Michigan Poison Center at Wayne State University issued a similar warning about the packaging of products containing Delta-8 THC, saying they can be mistaken for cannabidiol, or CBD products.

Kevin Lavery is a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things considered.
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