Take our “POP” Quiz on Medical Marijuana Packaging

quizMedical marijuana packaging is making headlines as dispensaries work to come into compliance with new state regulations.

That’s why we here at Kush Bottles try to keep you up-to-date on all the child-resistant container news there is to know. It’s just part of the service we provide to ensure your kids are safe and your dispensaries are in compliance.

If you’ve been reading our blog, hopefully some of the news has sunk in. If not, include us in your news feed so you can know the latest developments in regulations, legislation and new products.

Why not take a moment to test your medical marijuana packaging IQ? Take our quiz and see how you do!

Photo credit: Stuart Miles

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20 Things That Go-Pop (Other Than Kush Bottles)

Medical marijuana is a popping industry! 23 states have already legalized it and 3 states have pending legislation. To keep dispensary owners compliant, we make child-resistant bottles that go POP! Simply squeeze the sides of our colorful cannabis containers and the top pops open…voila!

In the spirit of keeping things popping, here’s a list of 20 things other than Kush Bottles that go pop!

bubble wrap image for kush bottle blog medical marijana1. Bubble Wrap

2. Popcorn

3. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal (Snap, Crackle, Pop!)

4. Pop-Up Books

5. Balloons

6. Quizzes

champage cork photo for kush bottle blog7. Champagne corks

8. Pop Rocks candy

9. Hands, knuckles, and toes

10. Soda cans

11. Music

12. Art

13. Culture

ear photo for kush bottle blog14. Ears

15. Questions

16. Bread (Out of the Toaster)

17. Firecrackers

18. Pimples

19. Bubble Gum

20. The Weasel (Pop Goes the Weasel!)

 Can you think of any others? Share them below! 

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Child-Resistant Packaging Has Been A Long Time Coming

child resistant packing products for kush bottle blogChild-resistant packaging may be making headline news today in the medical marijuana industry, but it has been around for a while. The safety measures states are trying to ensure with childproof packaging requirements are based on years of experience. Here’s a timeline.

1953 First Independent Poison Control Center established in Chicago to diagnose and treat poisoning cases.

1957 National Clearinghouse for Poison Control Centers created to coordinate diagnostic and treatment data from these independent centers.

1960 Hazardous Substances Labeling Act requiring cautionary labels on products deemed hazardous, including certain household products.

1960 Designation of third week in March as National Poison Prevention Week.

1966 Makers of aspirin agree to limit the number of children’s aspirin tablets in a single container to 36-1 ¼ grain tablets, a dose that was not considered highly toxic.

1966 Two independent studies undertaken on the effectiveness of childproof packaging in decreasing the number of unintentional ingestions, both of which showed dramatic results.

1970 Poison Prevention Packaging Act passed under the FDA requiring special packaging of household products and drugs that are both child-resistant and adult-friendly.

1973 The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) takes over responsibility for enforcing the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.

1986 The CPSC conducts ingestion study with the American Association of Poison Control Centers and discovers that children are being poisoned by their grandparents’ medication because the grandparents fail to use the childproof packaging in the way it was intended.

1995 CPSC issues new regulations that require adults ages 50-70 to be tested to gauge how adult-friendly childproof packaging is to ensure that they use it properly.

1998 These changes are put into place, making it easier for adults to open childproof packaging without losing the child-resistance.

2010 Kush Bottles founded with mission to provide child safe, medical grade containers for both the legal and medical marijuana industries.

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Medical Marijuana Legislation Full of (Good) Surprises

medical marijuana photo for blogRecent research casts a more positive light on medical marijuana legislation than foes would have you believe.

1. The August 2014 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health reported that a study analyzing data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey between 1991 and 2011 did not find any significant increases in adolescent marijuana use related to the legalization of medical marijuana. Researchers compared states which had marijuana laws in place for at least two cycles of the survey with nearby states that still prohibited medical marijuana. They found no results indicating an increase in the illicit use of the substance among high school adolescents due to the legalization of medical marijuana.

2. The August 2014 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine contained the results of a study which looked at the relationship between medical marijuana legislation and deaths due to opioid overdoses. Researchers found that states that have enacted medical marijuana laws saw almost a 25 percent lower annual death rate due to opioid overdoses than states without similar laws. And, it appears that these lower death rates improve over time in the states with medical cannabis legislation. While researchers could not identify a causal link to these results, they did conclude that it warrants further study and that, “If the relationship between medical cannabis laws and opioid analgesic overdose mortality is substantiated in further work, enactment of laws to allow for use of medical cannabis may be advocated as part of a comprehensive package of policies to reduce the population risk of opioid analgesics.”

So arm yourself with information about medical marijuana legislation, medical marijuana childproof packaging, medical marijuana research and help spread the good news!

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The CEO of Kush Bottles Speaks to the Reported “Shortage” of Child Resistant Marijuana Packaging

kush bottles logo for kush bottle blogA recent report by Reuters News claimed Colorado was facing a shortage of child-resistant marijuana packaging.

Here’s what CEO of Kush Bottles, Ben Wu, has to say about that:

1. “None of our customers are facing a shortage of containers, but if any dispensary anywhere in the country is in need of certified child-safe marijuana bottles or packaging, they are welcome to call us and we can immediately fill all of their requirements.”

2. “We have a large inventory of certified child-resistant packaging in all sizes and colors. Kush Bottles has cannabis packaging solutions that have passed child-safety standards as set by the CPSC, and standardized by the ASTM.

3. “We also have an ample inventory of child safe exit solutions and packaging for edibles and infused products.”

4. “Dispensary owners should know that getting the best cannabis packaging, which is made in the USA and is properly certified, costs just pennies more. It is one of the least expensive and surest ways to assure compliance and avoid massive potential problems.”

Interested in reading the full press release? It’s included below.

Press Release: 

SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Kush Bottles, North America’s premier supplier of certified child-resistant packaging and compliant bottles for the marijuana industry, commented today on a report by Reuters News that stated that there is a shortage of child-resistant marijuana packaging in Colorado.

According to the report, several dispensaries in Colorado are facing shortages – not of cannabis, but of approved, child-resistant packaging for the product.

Ben Wu, CEO of Kush Bottles said that he is puzzled by the report. “We have a large inventory of certified child-resistant packaging in all sizes and colors,” he stated. “Kush Bottles has cannabis packaging solutions that have passed child-safety standards as set by the CPSC, and standardized by the ASTM,” Wu added. “We also have an ample inventory of child safe exit solutions and packaging for edibles and infused products.”

Kush Bottles also features 1-day and same-day delivery on many items. With warehouses and customer support in the Denver, Seattle and the Los Angeles areas, Kush Bottles can provide fast and friendly service, as well as expert assistance in understanding all state and local ordinances to assure dispensaries stay compliant.

“None of our customers are facing a shortage of containers, but if any dispensary anywhere in the country is in need of certified child-safe marijuana bottles or packaging, they are welcome to call us and we can immediately fill all of their requirements,” Wu commented.

Kush Bottles management also point out that there are inferior bottles that have been made overseas that are flooding the market, but they do not have proper certification for child resistance, and can leave a dispensary owner exposed for liability and fines.

“Dispensary owners should know that getting the best cannabis packaging, which is made in the USA and is properly certified, costs just pennies more,” Wu said. “It is one of the least expensive and surest ways to assure compliance and avoid massive potential problems.”

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Look What People Are Saying About Child-Resistant Medical Marijuana Packaging

quotes for marijuana blogAll retail marijuana and marijuana products should leave retail establishments in child-resistant packaging as defined by ASTM International and the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA).”

-Report issued by Pediatric Injury Prevention Education and Research Program at the Colorado School of Public Health and the Children’s Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado Health Impact Assessment

quotes for marijuana blog“Requiring child-resistant containers and warning labels for medical marijuana may help you prevent a trip to Children’s Hospital in Denver.”

-KDVR.com

 

quotes for marijuana blog“Dispensaries should start using child-resistant containers right now to protect themselves from liability and protect children from accidental ingestion. Businesses in our industry, which is still in its infancy, must take all necessary steps to demonstrate our commitment to running safe, legitimate operations.”

-Nicholas Kovacevich, COO, Kush Bottles, California-based company that makes child-proof containers for marijuana

 

quotes for marijuana blog“This unintended outcome [unintentional marijuana exposure in children] may suggest a role for public health interventions in this emerging industry, such as child-resistant containers and warning labels for medical marijuana.”

            -Article in JAMA, “Pediatric Marijuana Exposures in a Medical Marijuana State”

quotes for marijuana blog“We feel child-resistant packaging is the logical implementation to prevent kids from getting into these marijuana products.”

-Dr. George Sam Wang, pediatric emergency room physician at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Take their advice. Let Kush Bottles help you do the responsible thing. Contact us today for your medical marijuana child-resistant packaging.

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Learn from Recent Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Inspections: Use Child-Resistant Packaging

child resistant packaging photoOne of the most common violations Oregon Health Authority inspectors ran into in recent random visits to medical marijuana dispensaries was the lack of child-resistant packaging.

State inspectors with the Oregon Health Authority in Oregon are required by law to inspect medical marijuana dispensaries within six months after receiving their licenses to operate and annually after that. To date, 58 of Oregon’s 158 licensed dispensaries have undergone a review and according to the Oregon Health Authority’s most recent report lack of child-resistant packaging is an easily correctible deficiency that some dispensaries are guilty of.

In each case where deficiencies were found, the dispensary operators were given 10 days to submit a written plan as to how they would address the problem.

Kush Bottles makes it easy for medical marijuana dispensaries to conform to child-proof packaging requirements. Learn from Oregon’s recent inspections—make Kush Bottles child-proof bottles part of the service you provide your medical marijuana customers. It will not only make you look good, it will keep you in compliance.

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