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CO Cannabis Products to Adopt New Universal Symbol for Packaging Purposes

CO Cannabis Products to Adopt New Universal Symbol for Packaging Purposes

The manner in which marijuana products in Colorado are labeled and packaged has been concerning for government officials and irritating for the commercial cannabis industry. But starting in 2018, the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) released a new universal symbol to be used in all marijuana packaging in this state.

“The adoption of a single universal symbol is part of our ongoing effort to protect public health and safety by enhancing consumers’ ability to identify products containing marijuana and reducing confusion stemming from two distinct symbols,” said Michael Hartman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR). “One truly universal symbol also works to simplify and improve industry compliance with regard to packaging and labeling.”

So beginning next year, all cannabis packaging must have a universal “THC” symbol, for both medical and retail marijuana products, as well as infused products. Previous packaging rules required that all retail cannabis products have a single universal symbol.

The new symbol was developed with the help of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) after an extensive review of the current labeling requirements and discussions with stakeholders during rule making. To further assists cannabis businesses licensees in their compliance efforts with these new labeling and packaging protocols, the MED issued compliance checklists to help the industry understand the new rules and regulations, as well as the effective dates and deadlines which phase out older versions of labels and packages.

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