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Government of Canada Announces Details Pertaining to Legalization of Cannabis Edibles, Topicals and Extracts

By Matt Maurer

Today, after much waiting and anticipation, the Government of Canada finally released the details relating to the legalization of cannabis edibles, topicals and extracts.

The key takeaways include:

(a) the regulations will be formally published in the Canada Gazette on June 26, 2019;

(b) the regulations will establish clear limits on amount of THC permitted in each product. Edible products will be limited to 10mg of THC per package, ingest-able extracts will be limited to 10mg of THC per unit/ dispensed amount and 1000 mg of THC per package, inhaled extracts will be limited to 1000mg of THC per package and topicals will be limited to 1000mg of THC per package;

(c) there will be a prohibition on the manufacture of cannabis products in the same facility where traditional food products are manufactured;

(d) the regulations will come into force on October 17, 2019 but products will not be available until mid-December, 2019 at the earliest. This is due to a legislative requirement that Federally licensed processors notify Health Canada 60 days before they make a new product available for sale. Health Canada will begin accepting such notifications on October 17, 2019;

(e) between now and December, 2019 processors will need to decide which products they will produce and build inventory. Similarly, provinces and territories will need to determine which products will be made available for purchase. Consumers should initially expect limited selection of products which will expand over time;

(f) edible products may not have any added vitamins or minerals, nicotine or alcohol added and there are limits on the amount of caffeine that may be added;

(g) ingest-able extracts may not have any added vitamins or minerals, nicotine, caffeine, sugars, sweeteners or colours;

(h) inhaled extracts may not have any added vitamins or minerals, nicotine or alcohol, caffeine, sugars, colours or sweeteners; and

(i) topicals may not have any added nicotine or alcohol and may only be used on skin, hair and nails and may not be used on eyes or damaged skin.

In addition to the foregoing, specific rules on packaging, labeling and promotion will be implemented for the various new product types.

Check back here at in the near future for a detailed review of the new regulations.

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