Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Approves Marijuana 'Universal Symbol'
Recently the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs adopted a ‘universal symbol’ that is to be placed on all medical marijuana products. Oregon also has a universal marijuana symbol for marijuana product labeling. This week the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission approved its own version of a universal symbol for marijuana products. Below is more information about it, as well as other approved regulations, via a press release from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission:
Today, the Cannabis Control Commission voted and unanimously approved 935 CMR 500.00, the regulations for licensing and implementation of the adult-use cannabis industry in Massachusetts, ahead of its statutory deadline of March 15, 2018.
“Today’s meeting was the culmination of months of dogged dedication to an open and collaborative process that embraced the diversity of thought, experience, and perspective of Massachusetts residents, in service of the people’s will,” said Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven J. Hoffman. “Each Commissioner was intentional, balanced, and respectful in the healthy push and pull that ultimately delivered a regulatory framework that will result in a retail market that is appropriate for Massachusetts. It was a thorough and necessary process to ensure that the Commonwealth’s unique needs around safety, equity, and commerce were represented in the final regulations.”
The unanimous vote arrived after a six-month process that included 10 listening sessions, nearly 500 public comments, and seven public hearings to deliberate on roughly 150 policies. The final regulations include nine license categories: cultivator, craft marijuana cooperative, microbusiness, product manufacturer, independent testing laboratory, storefront retailer, third-party transporter, existing licensee transporter, and research facility, to meet the immediate needs of the industry.
Key Regulation Outcomes:
1. First-in-the-nation requirement for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMD) to maintain an adequate medical supply of marijuana products for patients that either equates to 35 percent of inventory, or the average, actual sales