Maine has partnered with Massachusetts officials to adopt a universal symbol for consumable products that contain marijuana.

The symbol will be required on any adult use products that contain marijuana, per the Marijuana Legalization Act. Maine marijuana officials decided to partner with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to adopt the symbol that's already being used in that state. The symbol shows a black marijuana leaf, superimposed on a field of white, surrounded by a red triangle. Below the triangle is text reading 'CONTAINS THC.' Tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.

Eric Gundersen, director of the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy explained the reason for the collaboration, "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."

Applications for retail marijuana businesses could be accepted by the end of the year. State officials expect retail outlets to begin opening in Maine in the spring.



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