Article by Thor Diakow, Coast Reporter
This October marks three years since the Cannabis Act (otherwise known as Bill C-45) was implemented in Canada, effectively legalizing recreational marijuana in the country.
Pot policymakers and industry experts continue to refine the complex market. One of the recurring issues is packaging, specifically for dried cannabis flowers.
David Brown is a former senior policy advisor with Health Canada’s cannabis branch.
He explains, “from an industry perspective, it’s an added cost. It limits the amount of packaging available and it makes it more expensive and that cost gets passed on to the consumer.”
Dried cannabis flower has no effect on users unless it’s been “activated” by exposure to high temperatures through burning, vaporizing, or cooking.
However, federal law mandates the product be sold in child-proof containers, leading to higher costs for the industry and consumers – not to mention the environmental impact from plastic waste.