The legalized cannabis landscape is constantly evolving, and as of July 1, 2016, 25 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Four of these states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington) have legalized marijuana for recreational use. In Alaska, adults 21 and older can now transport, buy or possess up to one ounce of marijuana and six plants. Nevada could become the fifth state to legalize marijuana for recreational use when voters consider a ballot initiative later this year, and California voters will cast ballots in November. In April, Pennsylvania became the latest state to legalize medical marijuana.

Many other states have passed medical marijuana laws allowing for the limited use of cannabis, and some states have already decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

In most states, regulations require very specific labeling, as well as a child-resistant package that meets federal safety protocols established by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).

Alpha Packaging’s new line of Low Profile HDPE Jars provides a new packaging solution for companies selling products in the 25+ states where cannabis has been legalized for either medical or recreational purposes. The low-profile jars are designed to mate flush with child-resistant closures (CRCs) from Mold-Rite Plastics, for a durable and compact child-resistant package.

Alpha PackagingIf you are looking for plastic jars and cylinders for the growing cannabis industry, Alpha Packaging has what you need, in stock now and available in very small quantities. Alpha’s 2-ounce, 4-ounce and 8-ounce jars fit perfectly with Mold-Rite’s 53-mm, 70-mm and 89-mm CRCs, respectively, for a sleek and convenient package that meets CRC protocol. These jars are suitable for any product that requires child-resistant packaging, including medical and recreational cannabis products in states where they are legal. We are stocking this line with CRC closures in our West Coast warehouse.

Medicinal Marijuana PackagingOpaque white jars are typically used for medicinal marijuana. Alpha offers HDPE and PET WideAlpha PackagingMouth Jars in sizes ranging from 2 ounces to 32 ounces, and with neck sizes ranging from 53 mm to 89 mm. Because a CRC may be required for your finished package, make sure the CRCs you select match up correctly with the jars you are buying.

Recreational Marijuana PackagingFor recreational marijuana, most dispensaries use black, dark amber or dark green jars. In addition to the HDPE Low Profile Jars shown above, Alpha has a full line of Colored PET JarsAlpha5ranging from 2 ounces to 32 ounces, so you can carry the same color across all the sizes you need for various cannabis quantities.

Packaging for Liquids, Powders and OilIn addition to the straight-sided wide-mouth jars used for dried flowers, Alpha offers a variety of other bottles that are ideal for other forms of cannabis products like e-cigarette liquids, hemp and cannabis oils, and more. These packaging options can also be paired with CRCs to meet state requirements.

What Size Jars Do I Need?Our jars typically match up with the following volumes, but please order samples of our jars if you are not certain which size you need. Samples may be ordered at Please note that samples do not come with lids unless specified in the sample pack description.

Alpha PackagingPlease contact your Alpha sales representative for more information or samples, or and browse the online catalog.

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Published in WholeFoods Magazine August 2016