What Needs To Change To Make Edibles In Restaurants Legal?

Article by Chad Finkelstein, Ask A Lawyer via Growth Op

BUSINESS What needs to change to make edibles in restaurants legal? So far, edibles can only be legally bought from stores licensed to sell cannabis products, writes lawyer Chad Finkelstein By Chad Finkelstein, Ask A Lawyer Photo: bernardbodo/Getty Images Chef Jordan Wagman, left, and his sous-chef whip up a cannabis-infused feast in his Toronto home every Saturday night. Photo: Sydney Perelmutter

Even though cannabis is legal, there is no federal, provincial or municipal law in Canada which currently authorizes or permits the sale of cannabis edibles or beverage products in restaurants or bars. In order to sell cannabis products legally, one must be issued a retail sales licence from the regulatory body governing the sale of cannabis in the province of operation. Currently, no province will issue a licence to an operator of a business which also sells food or beverage items to patrons. In other words, edibles can only be legally bought from physical and online retail stores licensed to sell cannabis products.

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