As Canada prepares to legalize edible products containing cannabis, an industry expert says it’s important for regulators to get the rules around the packaging and dosages of edibles set as quickly as possible.
Edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals will become legal no later than Oct. 17.
“As the days tick by, that becomes ever more of a challenge for the market to react quickly enough and not have any kind of disruption when the new rules go into effect, to make it clear what will be required of industry when the time comes,” Tom Adam told CBC’s Information Morning. He works with BDS Analytics, a Colorado-based company that specializes in cannabis market research.
Health Canada released draft regulations in late December and allowed for two months of consultation. The final regulations haven’t been released yet.
Colorado, where cannabis is legal, tightened its rules around edibles in September 2017 after the popularity of the products raised red flags. Products with kid-attractive shapes that might look like candy were prohibited. The state also required more information on the potency of psychoactive ingredients to be displayed prominently on labels.
A cannabis business was raided earlier this month in Timberlea, N.S., where Lego-shaped edibles were confiscated.
Adam said it was the bad press around edibles that changed things in Colorado, “photos of pretty packages of colourful gummies on shelves.”
Impact on Colorado hospital admissions
He said there has also been a slight increase in hospital admissions with people complaining of eating too much cannabis product.