Edibles and Other Cannabis Derivatives Become Legal in Canada This Week

Edibles and Other Cannabis Derivatives Become Legal in Canada This Week

For Canada’s recreational cannabis consumers, a long-awaited day is just on the horizon. On October 17, 2019 one full year after Canada’s world-historic legalization of cannabis went into effect, licensed companies will finally be able to produce and sell edibles and other cannabis derivatives, such as extracts and topicals. So far, consumers on the non-medical retail market have only had access to flower. As a result, many consumers have continued to turn to unregulated, illicit retailers for edibles, vape cartridges, and other non-flower products. Regulations for Edibles and Derivatives Take Effect Tomorrow Postponing the production and sale of cannabis edibles and other derivatives has always been part of Health Canada’s plan for rolling out the Cannabis Act of 2018. National and provincial regulators wanted extra time to develop specific rules and regulations for non-flower products. They also wanted time to solicit feedback from Canadian consumers and stakeholders. At issue has been the question of THC limits for edibles and derivatives, rules for product ingredients, packaging and labeling and restrictions on anything that might appeal to children. Health Canada finalized those regulations in mid-June this year and published them shortly after. And in a press release, the agency stated that the new and amended regulations would come into force on October 17, 2019. “However,” the release continues, “it will take time, after that date, before new cannabis products become available for purchase.” In other words, even though edibles and other cannabis derivatives become legal in Canada this week, it will still take, at minimum, 60 days before consumers can actually purchase them from licensed retailers. So that puts edibles and derivatives on shelves, at the earliest, by mid-December. At least that’s just in time for holiday celebrations. The reason for the delay, according to Health Canada, is a requirement mandating federal…

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Source : High Times
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