Are you hungry, Canada? Is CBD the only cure for that weird rash? Is cannabis flower just not incapacitating enough for you?
Well don’t fret, Thursday marks exactly one year since the first stage of legalization, and with it, comes the addition of some very important additions to the list of approved cannabis products. Cannabis edibles, topicals, and concentrates are now fair game for the cannabis industry.
Edibles have garnered the most attention of the bunch, bringing some pretty heavy regulations along with it.
None of the products can be associated with alcohol in any way, so while you may be able to buy drinkable cannabis in a bottle, it won’t be able to be marketed as alcohol flavoured.
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All products will also have to meet the health agency’s strict branding requirements, cannot appeal to children, must bear a distinctive THC marking, and list an equivalent amount in dried flower, to make the legal possession amount clear to customers.
Regulations on edible cannabis will not allow more than 10 mg of THC per packaged product. No added vitamins or minerals can be allowed, as well as no nicotine or added alcohol. A limit is also being placed on caffeine.
They are also not allowed to have any dietary claims. Cannabis edibles cannot be produced in the same facility as non-infused foods, in order to limit cross-contamination.
Health Canada would not comment specifically on gummy products during a teleconference call to media, though they did say that they would evaluate them on a case-by-case basis, Anything products determined to appeal to young people (either by shape, colour, flavour, etc) would be found to not be in compliance and could face penalties (including a $5 million fine).