Article by David George-Cosh, BNN Bloomberg
Canadians should expect a long list of cannabis-infused edibles, concentrates and other products to hit store shelves in the coming months, which will significantly expand the scope of the legal marijuana market, according to sources directly familiar with the matter.
The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) seeks to add as many as 17 new product types to its sales catalogue when the items become legal in Canada, according to a list provided to BNN Bloomberg by two sources familiar with the organization’s plans. One of the sources confirmed other provinces are looking to add a similar list of products.
Provinces expect to sell the products under the following categories:
- Concentrates: Cartridges, rosin (a solventless concentrade made with heat and pressure), resin, hash, wax, kief (a dry powder) and shatter (a butane hash oil);
- Beverages: Hot, cold and dealcoholized drinks (each in single servings);
- Edibles: Chocolate, soft candy, hard candy and baked goods;
- Topicals: Lotions, creams and bath products
While some of the items won’t be a surprise – such as chocolates and dealcoholized drinks – this is the first time a full product lineup has been disclosed ahead of October, when the federal government expects to legalize edibles and concentrates. The next phase of pot legalization comes exactly one year after dried and fresh cannabis flower, pre-rolls, oils and capsules became legal in Canada on Oct. 17, 2018.
By expanding the product line fourfold from the products already available, the increase in new items should provide cannabis companies with new revenue opportunities and will help level the playing field with their illicit counterparts.
“The legal market will finally be able to fairly compete with full product selection, although it remains to be seen when these products will exactly hit store shelves,” one of the sources told BNN Bloomberg.
The OCS, which declined to confirm the specific product call list obtained by BNN Bloomberg, said it will work with licensed cannabis producers to ensure the products’ availability on its website.
“Closer to the regulations being finalized, OCS will issue a product call for the forms of cannabis scheduled to become legal, such as edibles and concentrates,” an OCS spokesperson told BNN Bloomberg in an email.