From mid-December 2019, cannabis foods (‘edibles’) will be legal to buy in Canada, but the population should first prepare for a scarce supply on the beginning…
The new provisions from Canada’s Department of Health include strict regulations on labeling and content of the new products. In addition, the attractiveness of products for young people is to be restricted.
The Canadian population should expect a low initial supply of cannabis foods (‘edibles’) when the products are legally acquirable starting mid-December. Also, according to government officials, the limited product range is not intended to include “tidbits” that could appeal to children.
The Department of Health issued new regulations on cannabis foods on June 14, 2019. According to the authorities, this is intended to limit the attractiveness of cannabis products and the risk of food-borne diseases or excessive consumption. Reduce.
The products must be child-proofed, and products must not be “youth-friendly.”
Border Security and Organized Crime Combating Minister Bill Blair, who has been installed as the Liberal government’s general representative to legalise cannabis, said security was paramount in drawing up the regulations Bid.
“I’ve heard from the industry’s boardrooms, ‘ You know, we could make more money if you relaxed those regulations. ‘ But quite honestly, that’s not our motivation , “Blair said during an event in Coquitlam, BC.
“Our motivation is and will remain to protect our children, protect the health and safety of Canadians, protect our communities and displace the illegal market that has developed in this country over decades,” Blair continued.
Blair warned mainly of buying on the black market as consumers cannot be convinced of the efficacy or purity of the product. Black market products may contain insecticides, pesticides or fertilizers that are not fit for human consumption.
Blair’s intention, he said, is to replace, in the long term, all illicit products, which can be far more harmful, with safe and tested products.
In addition, all new products are controlled for taste, colour, shape, smell and packaging, so that these products do not send out conscious stimulation signals for children and therefore have too tempting effect. There is currently no standard for this. Each product is examined individually and then decided on a case-by-case basis.
The sale of a gummy bear as a cannabis product will not exist in Canada. This would even be a serious offence which can be punished with serious consequences. This could mean up to 5 years in prison and carry a fine of about $1m.
The ban on the sale of young products and the associated restrictions are very similar to the laws on tobacco and steam products.
The industry needs time to design and build its product portfolio before it is approved by the government.
Therefore, adult consumers should first expect a limited choice of products in stores. More products will be added over time.
From July 15, existing state-regulated cannabis processors will be able to apply to the Department of Health to ensure they can sell their products.
To limit side effects due to accidental use or overuse, each individual pack is limited to a maximum of 10mg of THC, the primary psychoactive component in cannabis. In addition, it should not be underestimated that when taking cannabis, the intoxication can only occur up to 4 hours after ingestion and can also last longer than if you were smoking cannabis.
Therefore, it is important to sensitize people to consumption. The public needs to be informed about the products in detail so that people understand how to keep them away from children, according to the unified opinion in government circles of Canada
The new rules give authorized retailers access to three new classes of cannabis products:
- Edibles (sweets, baked goods).
- Cannabis extracts
- Cannabis “topicals” (e.g. ointments, crèmes, lotions, oils, makeup).
Cannabis infused alcoholic beverages and cannabis products containing tobacco, nicotine or caffeine are prohibited. Some goods with small amounts of naturally occurring caffeine, such as chocolate, are permitted.
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