AUGUSTA — Warning: there’s pot in there.
The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy, part of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, has introduced the universal symbol that will be used to identify adult use marijuana and marijuana products.
The symbol, required by the Marijuana Legalization Act, will be used in Maine to identify packages and products containing marijuana.
To deploy Maine’s universal symbol, the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy partnered with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to unveil the first-ever shared universal symbol for marijuana and marijuana products. The symbol, which is already used in Massachusetts, features a red triangle above text reading “CONTAINS THC.” Centered within the triangle is a black marijuana leaf. THC is the common acronym for tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.
“The adoption of a universal symbol in Maine is an important measure taken by the Office of Marijuana Policy to ensure Maine people are fully aware that a product contains marijuana,” said Erik Gundersen, director of the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy. “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.”
In Maine, use of the universal symbol is required by adult-use marijuana licensees. For product packaging and labeling, the symbol must appear on the front or most predominantly displayed area. For edible marijuana products, each serving must be marked with the universal symbol directly on at least one side of the product.
While not required, the state encourages caregivers and dispensaries currently operating within Maine’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program to consider utilizing Maine’s universal symbol.
Introduction of the universal symbol in Maine comes as the Office of Marijuana Policy prepares to complete final adoption of its rules that will serve as the regulatory framework for the state’s new adult use industry. The office intends to begin accepting adult use applications by the end of 2019.
For more information on Maine’s universal symbol, visit https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/resources/universal-symbol.