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As Cannabis Professional reported last week, in relation to the Newstrike/Neal Brother’s partnership, Health Canada expects to publish draft regulations for edibles later this year or early in 2019. Here’s more of what Health Canada spokesperson André Gagnon told us:

  • Timing: The draft regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, “later this year and into 2019.” This will be followed  by a period of consultation. The final regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, “no later than October 17, 2019.”
  • Products: “Products would need to be produced under sanitary conditions in facilities that meet specific physical security requirements, and be tested for contaminants and potency,” Mr. Gagnon wrote in an e-mail. As with other products regulated by the Cannabis Act,  they must be packaged “in a child-resistant container with a label that displays the standardized cannabis symbol, a health warning message, and THC and CBD content.”
  • Risks: Health Canada is designing the regulations with the following risks in mind: 
  • Sales:  “Once authorized for legal sale, edible cannabis products would be permitted to be sold only by retailers with the appropriate provincial or territorial authorization,” Mr. Gagnon wrote.
  • Consultation: “The draft regulations will be available for all Canadians, including the provinces and territories, industry, the public health community and other interested stakeholders, to provide comment,”  Mr. Gagnon wrote. “Details regarding the consultation process will be  provided when the draft regulations are released publicly.”
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