Health Canada releases first regulations for cannabis edibles and beverages

Dec 20 2018, 6:19 pm

Health Canada has given cannabis users an early Christmas present.

The agency has just posted a draft of their proposed regulations for phase 2 of legalization, edibles and concentrates, to their website.

Releasing only a basic table of products ranging from cannabis-infused foods and drinks to THC extracts and topical solutions, the government is proposing new regulations on THC limits, product rules, packaging, labels and more.

Cannabis-containing foods, drink and ingested extracts will only be allowed to contain 10 mg of THC per package, while inhaled and topical extracts will be allowed to have 1000 mg per package.

All packaging must be plain and child-proof, and all products are barred from containing nicotine and alcohol.

Drinks and foods may not contain added vitamins or minerals, while THC extracts, often used in vaporizers cannot contain sugars, colours or sweeteners.

All labelling will carry the standardized cannabis symbol for products containing THC, a health warning, the THC and CBD content, an ingredient and allergens list, as well as a nutrition facts table.

Health Canada’s proposed regulations for additional cannabis products (click to enlarge).

Health Canada is quick to point out that this is not a complete list of proposed regulatory rules for each class of cannabis. It is also not a complete list of product examples.

The move comes two days earlier than expected, as it had been reported by Marijuana Business Daily that draft would appear in the Canada Gazette — a weekly government publication that outlines legislation — on Saturday.

The Cannabis Act gave the feds one year from legalization day to come up with regulations for cannabis edibles and concentrates. If legislation is not passed, or if the government fails to pass an extension, then the items will be added to the list of approved cannabis products on October 17, 2019.

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