Article by Sharon Montgomery-Dupe, Cape Breton Post
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. will soon have a pot full of new gift options, some in time for Christmas.
On Oct. 17, amendments under the Cannabis Act will legalize the sale and production of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals in Canada.
Beverley Ware, spokeswoman for NSLC, said as of Oct. 17 it will be legal for them to sell edibles, beverages, vaping oils, concentrates and topicals. However, it will be a while before the products can be purchased.
“While our stores will be ready for Oct. 17, we can’t order product until Dec. 16 because of the 60-day new product notification period imposed by Health Canada on licensed producers.”
The new products will be sold at the 12 cannabis NSLC stores and online stores.
Ware said based on ongoing conversations with licensed producers it might take time for some of these products to even get into the store. Some products may be available in late December.
“We anticipate products will trickle into the market.
In the meantime, on Aug. 7 the NSLC issued an expression of interest to licensed producers requesting a listing of edibles, beverages, vaping oils, concentrates and topicals they will have available.
The deadline for the licensed producers to respond was Aug. 21. The NSLC will review their submissions, determine which products they will carry, then ask the licensed producer to make a full listing application for the NSLC to carry their product.
- Some new products in these categories could be available in the NSLC existing 12 cannabis stores and online as of Dec. 16:
- Cannabis topicals include products for applying to skin, hair and nails, allowing 1,000 mg of THC per package. Products cannot make health or cosmetic claims
- Cannabis extracts for ingesting: 10 mg of THC per unit, such as a capsule, and 1,000 mg of THC per package
- Cannabis extracts for inhaling: 1,000 mg of THC per package
- Cannabis edibles: 10 mg of THC per package whether product is for eating or drinking
Currently the NSLC is preparing its stores for the new products. In late July, NSLC issued requests for proposals to carry out the renovations and the tenders have been awarded. The NSLC has begun meeting with the successful proponents and work will begin shortly. Ware said the size of their cannabis stores is not changing.
“These tenders cover basic renovations to the 12 stores, primarily millwork for such items as display cases and new counters and cabinets.”
Further work will need to be done, including adding new technology, equipment and security updates.