Colorado has settled on a universal symbol for cannabis packaging which will go into effect next year. The THC diamond, which has been adopted in other territories including Canada will be the symbol of choice, according to a press release put out by the Colorado Department of Revenue on March 12.
The diamond is very similar to what the state had been using on packaging, but there will no longer be a different standard label for medical cannabis products.
According to the release, “The State Licensing Authority’s adoption of a Single Universal Symbol is intended to further protect public health and safety by enhancing consumers’ ability to identify products containing marijuana. Further, by eliminating distinctions between Universal Symbols for medical and retail marijuana, the Single Universal Symbol works to simplify and improve compliance regarding packaging, labeling, and product marking requirements.”
For all cannabis products such as flower and concentrate, the symbol must be printed in red and be accompanied by the message “Contains Marijuana. Keep away from children.” Other specifications are as follows:
- The Universal Symbol must be labeled on the front of the Container in red and white.
- The Universal Symbol must be at least ½” x ½” on the packaging/labeling.
- Directly under the Universal Symbol, the licensee must place the warning label.
For edible products, color is optional, as is the inclusion of a written message. Other specifications are as follows:
- For medical marijuana edibles, the Universal Symbol must be marked on at least one side of the product.
- For recreational marijuana edibles, the Universal Symbol must be marked on at least one side of each Standardized Serving Of Marijuana.
- The Universal Symbol must be at least ¼ ” x ¼ ” on the product.
The press release notes that this is not an exhaustive list of all requirements and manufacturers should check the division’s websites for more particulars.
New standards will become mandatory for all dispensaries and pot shops on January 1, 2019. Until then, they will have the option to sell goods carrying the old labeling standards. Until July 1, 2019, dispensaries will also have the option to sell goods carrying labels under the old standards as long as their inventory came to them before January 1 of the same year.
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