Brownies pot wait. The sale of edible cannabis products will eventually be legalized only in mid-December, not mid-October as promised by Ottawa. Ditto for hashish, vaping oil and all kinds of cosmetics. But already, François Legault warns that he will restrict the list of products sold in Quebec.
Justin Trudeau's government had promised, by legalizing dried cannabis on October 17, that the rest of the products would be legalized in turn at most a year later. The federal government has however postponed this date on Friday, delaying the legalization of these derivatives after the federal election next October.
The cannabis industry may apply to Health Canada for approval of its new products as of October 17, the date of the coming into force of the new regulations governing their sale. The process will take two months. This leads to the start of the sale of these products on December 16th.
Federal officials who introduced the new regulation on Friday failed to explain why this notice stage could not be done sooner, so that the sale will begin in mid-October as planned. The Minister of Organized Crime Reduction, Bill Blair, was not in Ottawa to explain his announcement.
New Democrat Don Davies believes the explanation for this delay is straightforward. "It's obviously for political reasons," he summed up.
Although Ottawa wants to allow the sale of all kinds of cannabis products – from creams and cosmetics to desserts and jujubes – the provinces will have the freedom to restrict the range of products available on their territory.
Quebec Premier François Legault immediately indicated that he intended to do so, but did not specify which products would be banned in Quebec.
"We have the possibility with the current law to do it by regulation, but it's a big issue that we have to look at and we're weighing. Because what I am told is that consumption is more serious than the effect of smoke, he said. So, we have to make sure that it is well supervised. "
Edible cannabis products will not be able to contain alcohol or caffeine – besides that contained naturally in ingredients such as vinegar or chocolate. However, they can be prepared with sugar or dye.
Sweets that would be attractive to children are forbidden. But a jujube that is not will be allowed. It will be up to industry to comply with the regulations, officials said.
Only products prepared and packaged by Ottawa-approved cannabis growers will be legal. A restaurant will still not be able to offer foods containing cannabis.
Edible products may contain a maximum of 10 milligrams of THC per unit.
Consumers will be able to buy a biscuit containing 10 mg of THC or a pack of 10 biscuits each containing 1 mg of THC. The products for vaping and so-called topical and used on the skin (creams or shampoos) can not contain more than 1000 mg of THC.
All products must be sold in safe and neutral packaging to not interest children. The quantity of THC or CBD should be displayed, as well as a warning on the effects of the product and the logo indicating that it contains THC.
Allan Rewak of cannabis producer Emerald Health Therapeutics predicts that the product offering will be more limited initially in December.
"The biggest challenge for the industry will be to ensure that there is enough capacity to extract and process cannabis to turn it into derivatives. But with time, this capacity will increase. "
The derivatives market will be worth about $ 2.7 billion a year, according to Deloitte. "These numbers reflect a mature market, around 2025," says Mr. Rewak.
Edible products accounted for 33% of Canadians' consumption habits, according to a survey conducted for Health Canada in 2017.
The Conservatives have lamented the upcoming arrival of a panoply of cannabis products on the shelves.
"It's a trivialization," said Pierre Paul-Hus. That's the danger. What is scary now is the 13, 14, 15 year olds who consume these products with all the corollary effects that are very serious. "
Bloc Quebecois member Gabriel Ste-Marie fears, like Paul-Hus, the potential for accidental intoxication of children who inadvertently use cannabis.
With Mylène Crête
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