Today the Canadian government released its set of proposed rules surrounding the consumption of edible marijuana products.
The new regulations cover everything from dried meat to cannabis candy as well as liquid extracts that can be applied to the skin. The goal of these rules is to reduce the youth appeal of these products and prevent people from over consuming.
The regulations aim to limit the amount of THC – the chemical compound in marijuana that makes you feel ‘high’ – in both individual and package servings.
Over a two month consultation period, Health Canada will be traveling across the country to host round table discussions and gather Canadian’s feedback on the regulation of cannabis-infused food and drink.
The goal of these proposed rules, according to the Liberal government, is to prevent the profits of edible sales from going to criminals and to keep the public safe.
In a news release, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said “These proposed regulations under the Cannabis Act support our overarching goal of keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth and protecting public health and safety. We look forward to hearing the views of Canadians from across the country.”
When they hit the Canadian market, reportedly next Fall, edibles will be sold in plain, child-proof packaging that will be clearly marked with the standard cannabis symbol.
This would mark a significant shift in the already competitive cannabis market as edibles would be a major boost to the market value of the industry. In states where edibles are already legal, edibles make up 43% of the pot market.
As reported by the CBC, the new regulations state:
- Edibles must be “shelf stable” and not require refrigeration or freezing.
- Edibles must offer consumers nutritional information, including ingredients and a best-before date
- Naturally occurring caffeine in items like chocolate, tea or coffee is allowed, but the use of caffeine as an additive is prohibited.
- Extracts can contain flavouring agents, but no sugars, sweeteners or sweetening agents.
- Flavours that appeal to youth, such as dessert or confectionery flavours, are banned on packaging and labelling of cannabis extracts.
- Use of meat products, poultry or fish is banned, unless it is dried by someone authorized under provincial or territorial law.
- Forms that pose a greater risk to health, such as eyedrops or needles, will be prohibited.