Article by Allison Tierney, Fresh Toast
Canada is set to legalize cannabis on October 17, becoming one of the only countries in the world to do so. But as America’s northern neighbor finally makes its stance on the notorious leafy green plant official, there’s a number of items it has left up in the air.
Legal cannabis country-wide sparks many questions: Where will people consume? What forms of cannabis are allowed? What about all of the people who’ve gotten in legal trouble already for cannabis? And where does a legal recreational market leave medical cannabis at?
Originally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Canadians that cannabis would be legal by July 2018, later pushing the date. As the true date arises, though, the United States’ neighbor to the north still has quite a few kinks to work out. The Fresh Toast interviewed two people whose careers hinge on the cannabis industry in Canada to get their input on what the country has left to puzzle out as the big day approaches.
Despite Canada legalizing cannabis, edibles will stay unregulated when legalization hits. This means that those wishing to consume edibles—including medical cannabis patients—will have to make their own or turn to the black market.
From cookies to gummies, the edibles black market is thriving for now.
Justin Loizos is a medical cannabis patient and the owner-operator of Just Compassion, a medical cannabis compassion club in North York, Ontario. Loizos, who has been in the industry since 2013, said especially with medical cannabis patients, there’s a need for edibles to be available.
“We’re left to our own—just buy it from a medical producer and make your own,” Loizos explained. “That’s not fair.”