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State board decides against warning labels on cannabis products

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The Vermont Cannabis Control Board has decided not to recommend specific warning labels on the health effects of cannabis products, and James Pepper, the board chair, explained to VTDigger how the board made the decision.

The Vermont Medical Society urged the board and the Legislature this week to require warnings that cannabis and its main active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol — THC for short — may cause psychosis, impaired driving, addiction and harm to fetuses and nursing babies.

Pepper said the board adopted the health warnings recommended by its public health subcommittee, made up of state Health Commissioner Mark Levine, retired Vermont State Police major Ingrid Jonas, and Brattleboro Selectboard member Tim Wessel.

The product label warnings recommended by the board say: “CONTAINS THC”, “NOT SAFE FOR KIDS” and “KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.”

Pepper said the subcommittee did not want to overload the labels. He pointed out that a safety flyer handed out with cannabis products will address health effects. He added that Act 164, the Vermont law that legalizes recreational cannabis, allocates up to $10 million annually for education and prevention.

“There’s a lot more that can be done than just trying to pack a whole bunch of information on a tiny little label,” Pepper said. [Read More @ VT Digger]



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