Health Canada has released its new regulations for the legal recreational marijuana market, but they don’t include a clear limit on how much tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the main psychoactive component in cannabis — can be sold in many products.
As of Oct. 17, Canadians will be permitted to legally buy fresh or dried cannabis, cannabis oil, plants and seeds, and to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in public.
Government officials, speaking on background, updated reporters on the regulations for producing and marketing those products during a conference call Wednesday morning.
The regulations, which will be officially published July 11, say THC cannot be added to a dried product and place limits on the net weight of dried cannabis products, but do not impose a cap on the potency of dried cannabis.
The officials said the lack of a threshold fits into the goal of the government’s bill.
“There are significant varieties of cannabis, some with high levels of THC. This is consistent with the medical regulations that exist today. There is not a hard cap on the potency of dried cannabis,” one official said.
“(It’s) a means to move to a regulated, diverse marketplace that can compete with the illegal marketplace and successfully achieve the government’s objectives.”