You can finally buy cannabis edibles in Canada but there are some major exceptions
Good news, cannabutter connoisseurs: It has now been exactly two months since marijuana-based edible products became legal in Canada, which means that you can finally buy weed brownies and the like at your local retail store.
At least theoretically.
You see, after one year of selective prohibition on Canada's recreational week market, edibles were officially legalized by the federal government on October 17, 2019.
Nobody could sell the stuff in October, however, due to Health Canada regulations requiring that any new product undergo a review period of at least 60 days before approval for sale.
That 60 day period ends today, December 17, and cannabis retailers are stoked to finally have edibles, extracts and topicals on their shelves.
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Unfortunately for people in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta, selling weed lollies isn't as easy as winning the federal government's approval.
All three provinces run their own distribution systems and have stated that cannabis edibles won't go up for legal sale online or in stores until early next year.
Licensed Producers are working hard to get their first batch of Health Canada-approved edible and topical THC products on shelves in Saskatchewan, B.C. and all over the east coast, however, in time for Christmas, according to CBC News.
"Our teams are having sleepover parties at the office to be ready to receive and process orders for shipment when they start to come in at 12:01," said a spokesperson for Aurora Cannabis on Monday.
"[It's a] nice way to have some fun with this industry milestone, given that we are ready to go right out of the gate."
Cannabis 2.0 products shipping out. Proud of our teams working through the night to move edibles and concentrates into the commercial system ASAP. #History pic.twitter.com/QTvpkwPEzG— Shane Morris (@DrShaneMorris) December 16, 2019
It's still going to be tight timing for many Canadians in search of "cannabis 2.0" stocking stuffers.
Bloomberg reports that, while THC edibles are already available in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia doesn't expect to see such products hit shelves until December 23.
In New Brunswick, retailers "will start receiving limited shipments of new products over the next few days," while in B.C., products are slated to reach stores "in late December."
Whatever retailers do have in stock ahead of the new year is also expected to be limited, at least in comparison to what's planned for early 2020, as some of the country's biggest producers are holding back on their releases until then.
"We want to be doubly sure that our products are safe," said Hexo Corp. CEO Sebastien St-Louis to Bloomberg, noting that his company will roll out a fresh bevvy of next-generation cannabis products during the first half of next year.
"We're waiting from data [from third-party testing] to make sure there are no adverse reactions."
Better safe than sorry, I guess.
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