Cannabis Candies Will Stay Off-Limits After Marijuana Legalization — and That’s a Mistake: Researcher

Article by CBC Radio

Cannabis candies will stay off-limits after marijuana legalization — and that's a mistake: researcher 'You want to make sure that risks are properly conveyed to the general public,' says food policy researcher CBC Radio. Edibles are becoming increasingly popular, but they won't be legal alongside marijuana in 2018. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Susan Montoya Bryan/Associated Press)

Put away the gummy bears, lollipops and chocolate bars — at least the ones containing THC.

When marijuana is legalized in Canada this year, edibles won’t be included on the approved list in 2018.

That’s a mistake, according to Sylvain Charlebois, a food policy researcher at Dalhousie University in Halifax. In a survey he co-authored, he found that more than half of Canadians are willing to try edibles if they’re legalized.

“So, when C-45 [the bill allowing legal access to cannabis] didn’t include edibles, it was shortsighted because a lot of people would be willing to try,” Charlebois told Checkup host Duncan McCue.

On Sunday, McCue asked callers whether they were ready for legal marijuana. Legislation allowing access to marijuana was expected to pass by July 1 of this year. The timeline has since been pushed back to at least August.

And so-called edibles, it seems, are a contentious issue.

“A lot of people out there aren’t necessarily comfortable with the idea of legalizing cannabis but if you want to do it right, you got to include edibles,” Charlebois said.

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