Cannabis regulators in Maine have adopted the warning symbols for cannabis products from Massachusetts, the State House News Service reports. The adoption could be a preview of how New England states unify some cannabis regulations in lieu of federal legalization. Maine’s rules require all products to have cannabis warning labels that read “contains THC” and “Not Safe for Kids.”
Erik Gundersen, director of the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy, said using the “same universal symbol will ensure that customers can clearly recognize products that contain THC whether in Massachusetts or Maine.”
Three of the six New England states – Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont – have legalized cannabis for adult use, although Vermont has not yet legalized sales or a regulated industry. Legalization legislation has been introduced in New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island but has not yet been voted on by lawmakers.
Maine officials said regulators “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.”
Earlier this month, governors from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania met to discuss regional cannabis legalization policy. In a statement on the summit, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said that eastern states “not only share borders” but “economic interests” and that “when states work together collaboratively, carefully and thoughtfully [they] can create better policies.”
According to the State House News report, Maine officials expect to begin accepting cannabusiness licenses by the end of the year.