Article by Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun
Provinces are waiting for the federal regulations on legal edibles to come into place no later than Oct. 17.
We spoke with Avery Bruenjes, the Retail Council of Canada’s policy analyst for government relations and regulatory affairs, who’s scheduled to address the Retail Cannabis Forum on Monday at the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke, Ont.
Q. How do you define an edible?
A. Loosely, it’s a product that contains cannabis that is intended to be consumed as a food product or drink would be.
Q. Why did the government not deal with edibles last October when recreational weed became legal?
A. It can be quite complex and there is more of a public safety impact with edible products as they can look like normal food and drink and they decided they needed more time to really get a framework in place for edibles.
Q. What is the biggest concern?
A. They wanted to make sure that the product is not appealing and not in anyway marketed to children or any vulnerable groups. Since an edible product can just look like a normal food product, then it’s important to really take the time and get the regulations right and make sure that that’s in place so that everybody is kept safe while being allowed to enjoy these products in a safe way if they’re of legal age.
Q. How is the federal government dealing with the packaging of edibles?
A. They’ve said that the packaging will be quite restrictive and they cannot be appealing to children. There’s various rules like they have to have plain packaging, they have to be child resistant, which is consistent with packaging for currently available cannabis products. There’s also warning labels that have to be on the products. Again, this is consistent with current cannabis products, as well. Also, the edible cannabis products will have to have nutrition facts tables and list the allergens so that people who are consuming this product are aware of the other ingredients other than cannabis in the product and can make their choice, as well.
Q. How soon will edibles be on the market once the regulations are in place?
A. There is a possibility that there could be a delay in products being available for sale depending on if producers are able to get their products into stores or online as the case may be. But they will be legal by Oct. 17, according to the government.