Canadian Proposed Regulations

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Summary of proposed Canada Cannabis regulations for October 2019

The next phase of cannabis legalization takes effect in October 2019, it will bring new rules and regulations.

The Canadian government has proposed to add three new classes of cannabis that could be legally sold by federal licence holders and provincially and territorially authorized distributors and retailers.

Those three new classes would be:

  1. edible cannabis (consumed – eat or drink)
  2. cannabis extracts (products produced using extraction)
  3. cannabis topicals (used on body surface)

There will be new rules to reduce risk:

  1. RISK appeal to youth
    • product composition and ingredient restrictions
      • no added vitamins, shelf stable, no candy flavours, no sweetener
  2. RISK accidental consumption
    • THC limits (see below)
    • labeling (THC and CBD content, allergens, best before)
  3. RISK over consumption
    • THC limits
    • packaging (plain packaging with cannabis symbol, health warning messages,  and child-resistant packaging)
  4. RISK food borne illness
    • production practices (cleanliness, sanitation, water quality, air filtration)
    • record keeping (preventive control plan)
    • testing – heavy metals

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) limits

  • Edibles –  limit of 10 milligrams of THC max per discrete unit and per total package however you could have a single package containing 5 edibles if each edible was 2.5 mgs creating a package of 10 milligrams total
  • Extracts – Max of 10 milligrams of THC per unit that is intended to be ingested or for nasal, rectal, or vaginal use, such as a capsule. Package limit is 1,000 milligrams (or 1 gram) of THC in a single package.
  • Topicals there would be a limit of no more than 1,000 milligrams
    (or 1 gram) of THC in a package.

PDF link to a full copy of proposed Regulations

UNDERSTAND THE POSSESSION LAWS

Possession limit 7.5 grams (equivalent to 30 grams of dried cannabis)

We like to reference the chart created by Brazeau Seller Law when we want to see how provinces compare in terms of regs.  They do keep this document fairly current. Of course,  the provincial and federal websites are always the best resource as regs and rules continue to change.

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If you want to have your say on the topic reach out to the Canadian government using the online form (you will not need to sign up for an account or give personal information)

You may also read, download or print the consultation questions.

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Or you can send an email: cannabis@canada.ca

Or go old school and send some hard copy paper via snailmail to:

Strategic Policy Directorate
Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch
Address locator: 0302B
Health Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9

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