Article by Harrison Jordan, Leafly News
Canadians have known for a while that legal recreational cannabis would soon become a national fact. But no one knew the precise specifics of the Cannabis Act’s regulations, which contain much of the minutiae and rule-setting that fill in many of the blanks in the federal legislation.
The Canadian government recently released 400 pages (!) of Cannabis Act regulations, covering everything from cultivation, processing, and sales of cannabis flower to the shape and colour of barcodes on cannabis packages. (There can only be one per package, and it must be square and in black and white.) Here are six of the most interesting regulation takeaways.
1. Cannabis Gains ‘Southern’ Access
Orally-consumable cannabis capsules have been available to authorized medical patients for years, but the Cannabis Act is broadening the scope of these products, enabling not just oral products, but also rectal and vaginal suppositories.
2. Industrial Hemp Farmers Can Grow, Sell CBD
Industrial hemp farmers are now legally allowed to take cannabidiol (CBD) produced by their plant and deliver it to a federally-licensed cannabis processor, which in turn can make it into cannabis oils (which can then be used in the now-legal suppositories we just mentioned).
3. Outdoor Commercial Cultivation Is a Go
Prior to the Cannabis Act, commercial cultivation of cannabis could only take place indoors. Health Canada has decided to allow outdoor cultivation, which could lead to decreased production costs and overall lower market prices for consumers.