Canada legalized cannabis just under two months ago, but edibles still remain as illegal as ever- that is, until Oct. 17, 2019, which is when the Trudeau government plans to legalize cannabis edibles and concentrates.
These regulations, which will outline the sale and production of edibles and concentrates, are being eagerly awaited by entrepreneurs, corporations, and regular Canadians alike, and they will be published in the Canada Gazette, the official newspaper of the Canadian government.
An anonymous source told MJ Biz Daily:
“We have until Oct. 17, 2019, but with the expectation of the election next October, it would mean we would have to have CG2, which is the final version of the regulations, out well before the election.”
That election, by the way, is Canada’s 43rd federal election, which is scheduled for Oct. 21, 2019- a mere four days after edibles are concentrates are slated to be legalized, meaning that edibles may very well become a big issue this election.
Also keep in mind that only 4 days after edible and concentrates are supposed to be legalized, the federal election happens, so there’s a distinct chance that concentrates and edibles may become an election issue.
Edibles market poised to be massive
As mentioned by MJ Biz Daily:
“Colorado saw sales of edibles and concentrates rise from 26.3% of the market in 2014 to almost 40% in 2017, according to a report by the Marijuana Policy Group for the Colorado Department of Revenue.”
Lisa Campbell, CEO of Toronto-based Lifford Cannabis Solutions, believes cannabis-infused drinks will be huge, saying:
“Many questions still remain about what categories of edibles will be approved, but beverages seem to be a preferred category as they are shelf stable and provincial distributors are already familiar with distribution.”
Some licensed producers, like Tragically Hip-backed Newstrike, are already making preemptive strategic partnerships with specialty food producers, just waiting for the moment when edibles and concentrates are legal.
Why are edibles so popular?
There’s zero learning curve to consuming edibles, first off. You don’t have to learn how to roll a joint or know how to work a dab rig or do a bong rip- all you have to do is eat it. If you want to control your dosage, the most you might do is cut the edible into smaller pieces.
Edibles are also one of the healthier ways for you to consume cannabis, especially compared to smoking because there’s no harm done to your lungs- but edibles can take the longest to kick in and can be extremely potent when they do.
From all the different kinds of edibles you can get (including, but not limited to, hard candies, gummies, lollipops, chocolates, baked goods, infused beverages, and so much more) to the potency (which can range anywhere from 5 mg of THC to over 400 mg!), the government has a lot of work and research to do before the self-imposed deadline.
That’s not even mentioning concentrates like shatter, budder, and vape pens, which are supposed to be legalized at the same time as edibles.
But there is still a lot of uncertainty. It remains to be seen whether the government will even allow product categories like gummies and candies because they could be seen as too enticing for children. The government could also introduce potency limits. That means the cannabis industry needs to remain flexible to adapt to the new rules, whatever they are and whenever they come out.
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