Radio-Canada Learns Details About Cannabis Edibles Legalization Ahead of Announcement – LPC

Cannabis edibles legalization is now expected to happen in Canada in mid-December 2019.According to a Radio-Canada report (see below for the CBC article), cannabis edibles legalization will take effect in Canada by mid-December 2019. The report adds that an official announcement will be made by Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair on June 14, 2019.

If true, this contradicts earlier statements that indicated cannabis edibles and related products would be available in Canada no later than October 17, 2019.

Dosecann CEO Greg Boone, said he’s excited to see the cannabis edibles legalization finalized.

“That will get us into the full production of these edibles or value-added products,” Boone said. “The goal is to build inventory to be able to satisfy the market that we believe exists across the country for these types of products.”

Boone said that Dosecann, which is based in PEI, has been ramping up for cannabis edibles legalization for three years.

When cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018, it delayed certain items including cannabis edibles, extracts, and topicals including ointments and makeup citing these items needed further review. A recent commentary by a doctor in the Harvard Health Review underscored the importance of cannabis edibles safety. Health Canada put forward its cannabis edibles recommendations in December 2018.

What Will Be Allowed and What Won’t Under New Regulations – LPC

Regulations following cannabis edibles legalization will be pretty much as expected. Cannabis edibles will follow similar strict labelling regulations including a health warning listing the THC and CBD content, limited use of logos and colours, and child-resistant packaging. Regulations are expected to be especially tight around edibles that could be attractive to children.Gummy bears, for example, may not be allowed. Restaurants will not be able to sell edibles.

Another major segment that will open up with cannabis edibles legalization (or in this case, extracts) is the vaping market. Cannabis companies will be allowed to offer concentrates such as cannabis oil or resin. However, much like tobacco, cannabis vaping products aren’t expected to be allowed to have flavouring or scents.

Regulations around topicals including makeup were not directly mentioned in the CBC article.

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  1. Daniel Treutler

    They are STILL saying no to restaurants and weed cafes?

    Are they TRYING to drive all tourists interested in cannabis (like 60% of them) to the US instead of Canada?

    It’s like they declared war on our tourism industry, on top of not listening to Colorado, Wa., Or, and Alaska….
    Cuz they all fixed their shit to allow that already, and are now light years ahead of us while we repeat all their mistakes.

    They’re already stealing our tourists, and we are going to keep letting that happen by not allowing cannabis cafes, public smoking or restaraunts selling cannabis infused edibles and food! Cannabis in Canada has been one sad sick joke on us so far….

    1. LPC News Editor Listing Owner

      I don’t think it’s any surprise that Health Canada is playing on the side of caution. While it might be good to have cannabis cafes and cannabis edibles in restaurants, there are some real concerns. In the case of edibles, the risk of accidental dosing is real. For cafes, they couldn’t exist anyway due to smoking laws in most (if not all) of Canada. It would be hard to say that smoking cannabis is legal in this establishment, but smoking tobacco is illegal over there.

      There are certainly many people out there who would prefer a less regulated approach. However, as mentioned above, having a strictly regulated industry is not a surprise. Canada has tighter laws for alcohol and tobacco than most countries in the world, and tends to be on the cautious side compared to Western countries. Even though we were one of the first to legalize cannabis federally, it doesn’t mean that regulations governing cannabis use in Canada are going to be looser than any other regulations.