Why rigid federal rules make marijuana containers really hard to recycle

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The cannabis growers who had to design cannabis containers faced a long, rigid set of federal rules , and not much time to figure out how to comply with them. The containers have to have a matte finish, opaque or translucent and be child-resistant (and there are a whole separate set of rules for what that means).

The rules go so far as to forbid certain kinds of ink. “The packaging is very regulated,” says Hilary Black, chief advocacy officer at Canopy Growth. “It has to be childproof.

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