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Custom Barcode Labels for Cannabis Products: Why are they important?
The regulations and laws for your cannabis business will depend on the state you operate it in and the nature of the product you're selling because laws differ from state to state and product to product. However, a few features remain common across products and states.
Barcode labels are one of the most frequently used regulatory measures in the cannabis industry by several businesses.
What are Barcode Labels?
Business owners can use barcode labels to provide the high-level data the law demands. The barcode can contain information such as batch number, supply-chain history, date of manufacture, etc. Customers or authorities can track all details of a particular item by scanning the barcode label stuck on it.
The 1D barcode label can be seen on different kinds of retail products. They consist of only a few lines of numerical data that a barcode scanner can read. These barcodes serve as a quick and easy way to pass on information through the supply chain spaces like warehouses and retail stores. The development of 2D barcodes has revolutionized technology and information through supply chains and product spaces. The 2D barcodes and advanced QR (Quick Response) codes have become very popular.
Governed by the G1 standards body, QR codes can hold up to 7089 numbers or 4269 alphanumeric characters. With this capability, one can include much information in a single barcode. Extensive details such as website address can also be incorporated into it. Scanning a QR code is simple, too. QR codes can be scanned using any basic smartphone. Scanning the code provides direct access to data (updated in real-time) stored in the code.
Advantages of using Custom Barcode Labels on Cannabis Products
Traceability throughout the supply chain is one of the key aspects of the regulations laid out for the cannabis industry. Producers are often required to have strict testing of their product, along with the ability to track the quality and standard of the plant from seed to the final product. The inspectors can easily access the required information when they provide all this information on their barcode labels.
Transparency for the Customers
Besides the regulators, even customers can benefit from the QR codes. QR codes can also provide consumers with interactive and entertaining features.
The best part of the QR codes is that a simple smartphone camera can scan the 2D barcodes and gain access to data like lab testing results. Transparency of the independent lab data of cannabis is crucial in some states. The Cannabis Industry Journal also encourages cannabis providers to have software to generate 1D and 2D barcodes.
Some data that cannot be conveyed via the barcode, like weight, quantity, and ingredients, can be printed on custom cannabis labels and applied to the product packaging.
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