Though cannabis edibles, extracts, lotions, balms and oils will be legal Oct. 17, consumers will have to wait until December to taste them and, as expected, producers will have to work around strict guidelines, say lawyers in the cannabis sector.
On June 14, the Government of Canada announced amendments to the Cannabis Regulations to establish the rules by which cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals will be produced and sold. The amendments come after a 60-day stakeholder consultation, late in 2018. Though legal in October, because license-holders are required to give Health Canada 60-days notice, Canadians will not be able to purchase edible cannabis until mid-December, at the earliest.
Susan Newall is an corporate commercial lawyer in Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s health industry and cannabis groups. She says if edible cannabis is being produced, packaged, labelled or stored on site, regular food for retail sale cannot be manufactured there unless the cannabis and non-cannabis products are in different buildings.