BOSTON (SHNS) – When Maine starts its own retail marijuana operations next year, consumers there will become accustomed to seeing a symbol that is familiar to marijuana users in Massachusetts.
As is the case in Massachusetts, all marijuana products sold in Maine are required to include a symbol that warns consumers that the product contains THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high feeling. Rather than developing its own symbol, the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy announced this week that it has adopted the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission’s symbol.
“Given our regional proximity and the close personal and business ties our two states share, the use of the same universal symbol will ensure that consumers can clearly recognize products that contain THC whether in Massachusetts or Maine,” Erik Gundersen, director of the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy, said.
The symbol, which is featured on all marijuana products legally sold in Massachusetts, is a red triangle with a black marijuana leaf inside; underneath the triangle are the words, “CONTAINS THC.”
Officials in Maine said the marijuana policy office “identified the CCC’s symbol as a potential opportunity for collaboration and were pleased with how warmly the suggestion of utilizing the same symbol was received by their counterparts in Massachusetts.”
CCC Executive Director Shawn Collins said his agency and Maine’s regulatory office “share a mutual goal of developing safe and secure marketplaces, and this collaboration demonstrates our progress toward that objective.”
Maine officials said the adoption of a consumer warning symbol comes as one of the last steps before the state adopts the final rules for its non-medical marijuana industry. Maine expects to begin accepting business license applications by the end of 2019.