Plastic marijuana packaging has become, ah-hem, a growth industry.
With more than 40 percent of all states already allowing medical marijuana, and four of those also permitting recreational use, the packaging for Panama Red, Acapulco Gold and all those other colorfully named strains is heavily dependent on plastics.
Both flexible and rigid packaging helps keep the nation’s stash fresh for both the casual smoker in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska and medicinal users in 23 states.
And those packages aren’t just holding marijuana plants, as there are a whole host of edibles and concentrates for folks who don’t always, or ever, want to light up.
The prevalent pot brownie has long been a chewy, fudgy friend of the marijuana community. But these days, a whole crop of edible products have been developed to allow for the ingestion of marijuana’s active ingredient, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol.
Gummy bears. Chocolate bars. Granola. Popcorn. Even infused beverages can deliver THC.
“This side of the industry is huge. We call them edibles. They’ve proven to be very popular and a lot of people buying them,” said Chris Walsh, managing editor of Marijuana Business Daily, which reports on medical marijuana and retail cannabis. Those edibles are commonly found in one type of plastic packaging or another.