Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR) held its March 2022 quarterly webinar titled: “Standardized Cannabis Labeling: Symbols, Warnings, and Product Information”
David L. Nathan, MD, founder and past president of DFCR presented his universal cannabis label and discussed the need for effective labeling standards. This is the first in a series of quarterly webinars presented by the medical experts at Doctors for Cannabis Regulation.
Working with Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and other stakeholders, David L. Nathan, MD, proposed the Universal Cannabis Product Symbol (UCPS) in 2019. After its publication in 2020, a broad discussion with various stakeholders led to a series of changes to the UCPS. Working with the standards organization ASTM, David Nathan and collaborator Eli Nathan co-designed a modified version of the UCPS, which was renamed the International Intoxicating Cannabis Product Symbol (IICPS).
The IICPS has been adopted by the state of Montana and went into effect on January 1, 2022. New Jersey and Vermont have also incorporated the IICPS design into their state symbols, making the IICPS the most widely adopted cannabis product symbol in the United States. Alaska and other states are currently discussing adoption of the IICPS.
ASTM International has approved and published specifications of the IICPS, making it the one and only cannabis product symbol to bear the designation of an internationally recognized consensus standard.
Quarterly webinars are free to attend for full DFCR members. Non-members are welcome to join the conversation for a $20 donation.
David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA is a psychiatrist, writer, and educator in Princeton NJ. He is the founder of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and served as our first President. Dr. Nathan 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.