Beyond baggies: How to read modern marijuana packaging

Apothecarium Marina

Menus for The Apothecarium in San Francisco, CA. can be a whirlwind of information. | Photo byLiz Hafalia.

More than 25 million Californians — plus millions more visitors — can enter California’s 250-plus recreational cannabis dispensaries now that commercial sales have begun in 2018.

But how many shoppers actually know how to read a product label and take marijuana safely?

With legalization has come detailed labeling standards, introduced Jan. 1 by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, which also handles enforcement. Even fewer customers can interpret a marijuana label than can a standard food label, we imagine. It’s a disturbing thought. And while no one has died from a marijuana overdose, plenty of people have felt the adverse effects of overdoing it.

Here’s some basic marijuana product label information, so you can have a good time, instead of an unpleasant one.