Article by Peter Zimonjic, CBC News
Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has released the Liberal government’s proposed cannabis regulations, opening the door to craft marijuana producers, allowing low-risk offenders to participate in the industry and offering some leeway on packaging.
Canadians have until Jan. 20 to offer opinions either through an online questionnaire or by providing a written submission on the measures before they are implemented.
“This proposed regulatory approach is informed by the extensive consultations to date, and it supports our overarching goal of protecting public health and safety,” the minister said in a statement. “We look forward to hearing the views of Canadians from across the country.”
The proposed regulations set out how the federal government will restrict and control the production and distribution of marijuana once it becomes legal in July 2018.
The six broad areas that will be subject to government regulations include: licensing, security clearances, cannabis tracking, cannabis products, packaging and labelling, medical marijuana and health and cosmetic products that use cannabis.
The proposals also open the door to increasing the number and types of products available for sale in an effort to displace the illegal market.
“Additional product forms could include, for example, pre-rolled cannabis and vaporization cartridges manufactured with dried cannabis,” the proposals say. “Product forms for cannabis oil, such as cannabis oil capsules, oral sprays, and cannabis oil intended for topical application, would continue to be permitted.”
These products come with maximum levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana products, and include:
- Single-use products such as pre-rolled joints that can contain no more than one gram of dried cannabis.
- A single-use edible cannabis product such as a capsule should not contain any more than 10 milligrams of THC per capsule or dose of spray.
- Cannabis oil subject to a 30 milligram per millilitre limit of THC concentration.
The THC concentration of products for inhalation will, however, not face limitations beyond the natural THC level of the plant.