The production and sale of marijuana edibles are expected to be legalized no later than October 17, 2019, a full year after marijuana legalization was announced. Earlier this week the federal government announced the proposed rules that will regulate the legal edible market.
The rules are designed to promote public safety by strictly regulating packaging and limiting the strength of the products. The proposed rules seek to limit the amount of THC available in each edible so as to prevent individuals from consuming too much at once. The limitation currently being proposed is 10mg of THC per edible. It is not known if these limitations will also apply to CBD since it is a non-psychoactive compound that does not produce a ‘high’.
The contents of edibles will also be strictly regulated. Certain sweeteners and colorants will be prohibited, as will stimulants like nicotine and added caffeine. Only naturally occurring caffeine will be allowed in infused edibles and liquids. Edible products must also display nutritional information, including ingredients, and must be “shelf-stable”, not requiring refrigeration or freezing. Flavours that may appeal to youth, such as desert or confectionary flavours, will be prohibited, as will be the use of meat, poultry, and fish in edible products.
Regulations surrounding the packaging of edibles are expected to be similar to those regulating the packaging of marijuana buds. The rules are specifically designed to make edibles harder to market and less attractive to minors. Packaging is expected to include the standard cannabis symbol that is placed on all legal marijuana products, and the amount of each cannabinoid contained in the edible.
Other Forms Of Consumables
Although marijuana edibles will soon be legal in Canada, marijuana-infused alcohol will not. These kinds of products are deemed to be a health risk to the public. Labeling or packaging alcohol and cannabis products together will be strictly prohibited. Additionally, alcohol brands will not be allowed to place their name on cannabis-infused liquids even if they contain no alcohol.
Edibles are expected to make up a huge share of the total marijuana market. In Colorado, California, and Oregon, non-smokable marijuana products made up a total of 43% of cannabis sales between January and July of 2018. Moreover, recent public outreach studies have found that Canadians and Americans are more likely to try cannabis for the first time in edible form, rather than in smokable form.
In addition to edibles, extracts like cannabis-infused topicals and creams are expected to be legalized as well. Health Canada has announced that a two month consultation period for public input and outreach will begin in January.
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