In the retail cannabis industry, labeling and regulation go hand in hand. Within the United States, cannabis labeling regs are implemented state by state. Not surprisingly, each set of regulations is different from the next. A universal standard for cannabis labeling would be a game changer for cannabis brand owners and dispensaries, creating a single set of rules while safeguarding consumers and providing easy-to-understand information about what’s in the package, its provenance, and how to consume it. Think of how successful the uniform Nutrition Facts label has been for foods, or the Drug Facts label for over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. With all this in mind, David L. Nathan, Medical Doctor (MD), collaborated with his son Eli Nathan to create a Universal Cannabis Product Symbol (UCPS) and Universal Cannabis Information Label (UCIL). Dr. Nathan is founder and board president of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
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David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA (DFCR Founder, Past President) is a psychiatrist, writer, and educator in Princeton NJ. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. While maintaining a full-time private practice, he serves as Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) and Director of Professional Education at Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH). While serving on the steering committee of New Jersey United For Marijuana Reform (NJUMR.org), Dr. Nathan was surprised by the absence of any national organization to act as the voice of physicians who wish to guide our nation along a well-regulated path to cannabis legalization. This need was the inspiration for Doctors for Cannabis Regulation.