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