Article by Solomon Israel, The Leaf News
So, you went down to the store and bought some legal cannabis. Congratulations!
Now, it’s time to decode the mystery of Canada’s legal cannabis packaging:
According to federal regulations, the exterior of cannabis packages must be one uniform colour. The inside can be a different colour.
2. Excise tax stamp
This special stamp indicates that the cannabis manufacturer has paid the federal cannabis excise tax to the Canada Revenue Agency. That tax revenue gets split between the federal and provincial governments, with the provinces getting 75 per cent. Each stamp has a unique identifying number, and is colour-coded to the jurisdiction where the cannabis is to be sold.
3. Standardized Cannabis Symbol
Health Canada’s warning symbol must appear on any cannabis product that contains more than a negligible amount of THC. That’s short for delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol — it’s the primary chemical compound in cannabis that gets you high. The symbol must be at least 1.27 square centimetres in size.
4. Strain name
The type of dried cannabis contained within the package. (This one’s called Cold Creek Kush.) Strain names aren’t regulated and don’t mean anything in and of themselves, but they’ve long been applied to different varietals of cannabis to help distinguish between them.