Is There a “Cannabis Industry” in China?

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Is There a “Cannabis Industry” in China?

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For cannabis industry players (as producers, processors, wholesalers, distributors, dispensaries or retailers), you might have considered sourcing marijuana packaging products from China. This is a cost-effective way to get your cannabis product branded.

Chances are that you might be also curious about this question: Is there a “Cannabis Industry” in China?

To answer this question, let’s look at 3 facts first.


Since 1985, China identified marijuana as a dangerous narcotic drug. It is illegal to possess or use cannabis products. According to China’s Law on Public Security Administration Punishments, trafficking, smuggling or growing marijuana could result in 15 years in prison or even the death penalty, depending on the severity of the crime and the amount that is smuggled.


According to a Forbes report, China produces 50% of the world’s cannabis. That includes all forms of cannabis, largely hemp, the non-psychotropic and fiber-rich variety of cannabis.


Yunnan Hansu Biotechnology Co.,Ltd. is the one and only licensed company to extract cannabidiol (CBD) from industrial hemp. Hemp is the non-psychotropic and fiber-rich variety of cannabis. Hansu Biotechnology is wholly-owned by Galaxy Bioscience, which is listed in Shenzhen Stock Exchange (stock code 000806). This is the only one listed company involved in the cannabis (industrial hemp, to be specific) business.

So The Answer?

Technically, there is no so-called “cannabis industry” in China. Instead, it is a hemp-specific industry. Smokeable cannabis remains illegal, hemp continues to play a large role in Chinese culture and commerce.

Who Are Exactly Manufacturing Those Cannabis Packaging Boxes for You?

One thing is for sure: many cannabis packaging products (such as pop-top bottles, vials, jars, containers, bags, boxes) are made in China, the world’s factory.

As we all know, pills, drugs and many other pharmaceutical products are required to be packaged safely. Also, you are supposed to properly place your creams, powders and other cosmetics. We do this to protect children from misusing any of them.

To some extents, the pharmaceutical and cosmetics packaging overlaps with the cannabis packaging.  The child-resistant packaging requirements in the marijuana industry are borrowed from the pharmaceutical industry.

Yes, you guess it right. Many players from pharmaceutical and cosmetics packaging industries are first involved in cannabis-specific packaging products.

How Can You Find a Reliable Packaging Supplier from China?

Well, you will say “let’s google ‘marijuana packaging'”. Good idea! But there are tons of cannabis packaging suppliers out there, how can you tell good from bad?

Roughly speaking, there are two groups of packaging suppliers on the Internet.

  • Suppliers on B2B platforms like Alibaba.

This is a traditional way taken by most buyers. Is this way a good fit for you too? See step-by-step guides on how to source suitable cannabis packaging provider on Alibaba.

  • Non-Alibaba independent suppliers.

This is a trend. It is worth trying. A 6-step guide is available.



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