Pot edibles will soon be legal to buy in Canada, but this woman will still make her own. Here’s why.
Patsy Copus makes batches of pot-infused gummy bears or cannabis-coated chocolate strawberries every few weeks to help with her arthritis and other medical conditions. Although cannabis edibles are expected to be sold legally in stores in December, the Windsor, Ont., resident said buying them will likely be a financial struggle. Health Canada has capped the amount of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) allowed in food and drinks to 10 milligrams — a restriction Copus said wouldn’t meet the needs of some users. “So for a person who has to take more of a higher dosage, that would be so expensive for them. They couldn’t even afford it,” said Copus, explaining cost is one of the reasons she makes her own edibles. Edible regulations under Health Canada came into effect on Oct. 17 — a year after cannabis for recreational use became legal — but federal licence holders need to provide 60 days’ notice of their intent to sell any new product, which is why it will take until December for products to hit physical or virtual shelves. In addition to limiting THC content, rules surrounding cannabis edibles include requiring child-resistant packaging, no added nicotine or alcohol and limits on caffeine content. “People approach me all…
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