‘Overly restrictive’: Critics blast legal pot’s packaging rules

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The government’s proposed pot packaging rules don’t give cannabis companies enough freedom to market their products, handicapping them against black-market competition, one business professor says. Big tobacco, meanwhile, is crying foul over the draft guidelines, saying marijuana producers are being given more leeway than their cigarette-making counterparts. With recreational marijuana to be legalized on Oct. 17, critics are taking aim at Health Canada’s initial guidelines for packaging and branding marijuana. The rules require cannabis companies to use plain packaging, similar to cigarettes, that displays a health warning on a bright yellow background. The packages may display just one branding element – it can’t be larger than the government warning – along with the product’s name. ‘Overly restrictive’: Critics blast legal pot’s packaging rules

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