Explaining our New Cannabis Packaging and Labels


Why the change?Cannabis labels change

You might have already seen labels like the one pictured above in online articles or the media. But why is medical cannabis packaging changing in Canada? The reason is that, on October 17, 2018, the ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations) was replaced by Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act. This act requires Licensed Producers, like Zenabis, to adopt new cannabis packaging in accordance with the regulations, which include strict guidelines for everything from logo size to warning messages.

What is changing?

Changes to cannabis packaging Canada

The most important changes to packaging include:

  • Switching to a new container for dried bud
  • Adding a standardized red THC symbol
  • Adding a rotating health warning message on a yellow background
  • Changing “Actual” and “Potential” THC/CBD to “THC/CBD” and “Total THC/Total CBD”
  • Removing patient and physician information (now available online)

These changes will be effective as of Tuesday, April 16th. Our new medical cannabis packaging will remain child-proof and sealed for quality assurance.

Besides the mandatory cannabis label changes, we have also started using a new, smaller Zenabis box for orders of dried bud between 5-15 grams. This will allow us to use less packaging overall - thereby reducing our carbon footprint, which is a key component of our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.