The Canadian government has released its proposed plan for regulating the sale of cannabis edibles.
In a chart released Thursday, the government outlined some of its proposed regulations, which include the following:
- A limit of 10 milligrams of THC per package for edible cannabis in solid and beverage forms
- A limit of 10 mg of THC per unit for ingestible extracts and 1000 mg per package
- A limit of „1000 mg of THC per package of inhaled cannabis extracts, concentrated THC, and and topicals
- Plain, child resistant packaging
- Products cannot be mixed with alcohol or nicotine
- Products must not be appealing to kids
It is not totally clear what the government means when it says products should not be appealing to kids.
In 2016, the federal task force on legalization, submitted a list of recommendations to the government surrounding edibles, including banning weed candies and other food items that appeal to children as well as packaging that appeals to kids.
The 10 mg THC cap per package edible cannabis is considerably lower than many black market products, which can contain hundreds of milligrams of THC per package. Often a single gummy contains 10 mg of THC or more. In Colorado, where edibles are legal, there is limit of 10 mg of THC per serving (i.e. one gummy.)
VICE has requested a copy of the full set of proposed regulations and will update this story when the government provides it. The government will publish the full set of regulations in the Canada Gazette on December 22 and will accept public feedback for the next 60 days.
The edibles market in the US will potentially reach USD $5.3 billion by 2020.
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