Chinese manufacturers have been knocking off high-end products for years. Now they’ve gone one step further: making counterfeit CBD packaging that’s helping to bolster the illicit market. Writes Hemp Industry Daily

Often, the counterfeit packaging looks so much like the real thing that consumers believe they’re purchasing a legitimate product that has been lab tested.

To combat bogus packaging, many cannabis companies are turning to technologies such as radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and tamper-proof holograms and incorporating them into their packaging.

Some use tamper-proof holographic seals with unique QR codes. Others use third-patry verifiers.

“We have to do something about the counterfeit packaging that exists online,” said Andrew Kline, director of public policy at the National Cannabis Industry Association. “The other challenge is making sure people aren’t selling that kind of packaging with fake results at any trade shows, which is a little harder to police.”

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