Article by David Brown, Lift News
Although the Liberals have tabled legislation intended to make cannabis legal in Canada by July 2018, Health Canada says it has no intention of making edibles legal any time soon.
The regulator says there are unique potential health risks associated with cannabis-infused edible products that have to be properly understood before they are made legal, and that only dried and fresh cannabis and cannabis oil, along with seeds and plants for personal cultivation will be allowed.
“It is the Government’s intention that, upon coming into force of the proposed Cannabis Act,” a representative for Health Canada told Lift last week, “only dried and fresh cannabis, cannabis oil as well as seeds and plants for personal cultivation will be made available for legal purchase. The Governor in Council would have the authority to add other classes of cannabis, such as edibles, to the list of categories of cannabis authorized for sale.”
“Within this new legal framework, ‘modes of delivery’ is a dimension that would be considered during the regulatory development process, which includes consultations with Canadians.”
“With respect to edibles specifically, should the Cannabis Act come into force, the Government will develop and publish regulations to permit the sale of edible products. Designing an appropriate regulatory system for cannabis edibles is a complex undertaking. There are unique potential health risks and harms that need to be carefully understood before the development and coming into force of these regulations. Regulatory oversight for these products would include measures to protect public health and safety, such as standardized serving sizes and potency, child-resistant packaging requirements, and standardized health warnings.”
Despite this, many licensed medical cannabis producers in Canada are working on other novel modes of delivery beyond just dried cannabis flowers, fresh cannabis (which no one actually sells, yet) and cannabis oil. CanniMed is developing a ‘canna wafer’ and CannTrust is developing a Keurig-like disposable coffee pod infused with cannabis. Tweed recently announced their new soft gel caps and Hydropothecary currently offers pre-milled, pre-decarbed cannabis for putting into capsules.