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DFCR Gathers Support for New York State to Adopt Universal Cannabis Product Symbol
Doctors for Cannabis Regulation DFCR and 22 other organizations urge New York officials to adopt the International Intoxicating Cannabinoid Product Symbol (IICPS)
WASHINGTON - Jan. 30, 2023 - PRLog -- Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR), the global voice for physicians and other health professionals to advance the legalization and science-based regulation of cannabis, has submitted a letter to the New York State Cannabis Control Board (CCB) and the New York Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) urging them to adopt the International Intoxicating Cannabinoid Product Symbol (IICPS) for all cannabis product packages sold in New York State. Twenty two other organizations have signed on as well.
The letter was officially addressed to Chair Tremaine Wright (CCB) and Executive Director Christopher Alexander (OCM). In the summer of 2022, the OCM proposed a universal symbol for cannabis product labels, which was presented to the CCB and slightly revised in December 2022. As a response to the CCB's call for comment on the proposed OCM symbol, DFCR and the other signatories have concluded that the current symbol, as is, has several severe deficiencies in its design and function:
DFCR and the other signatories propose utilizing the IICPS, because this symbol is based upon existing consensus standards developed in an open environment to ensure public safety and promote best practices through collaboration by professionals from both the public and private sectors. The symbol contains a cannabis leaf, which is universally associated with cannabis, enclosed in a familiar black-bordered yellow warning triangle. To date, the IICPS has been incorporated into the cannabis product symbols in Montana, Vermont and New Jersey.
The IICPS was developed through a collaboration between DFCR and ASTM International, meeting a list of requirements including being able to simply communicate a public health message of "Caution with Cannabis," using the simplest possible design to fit within an allotted space and incorporating a symbol that transcends age, language, culture, literacy, and knowledge of cannabis and the Latin alphabet.
The full list of 23 signatories includes the nation's largest organizations supporting public health, social justice, patient, consumer and industry advocacy in the cannabis space:
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