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Marijuana edibles expected to be available for sale before Christmas

Michel Boyer, CTV News

Published Friday, June 14, 2019 10:06AM EDT

Last Updated Friday, June 14, 2019 10:52AM EDT

Multiple sources tell CTV News that marijuana edibles, extracts and topicals will be legal for sale in Canada by mid-December of this year.

The sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose details, say the regulations will come into effect on October 17th, and producers will have 60 days to implement the new rules and roll out their product lines.

Bill Blair, the minister responsible for the Cannabis Act, is expected to unveil the framework in Ottawa today.

The new rules will include significant measures around child resistant packaging and plain labelling, however regulations on the products themselves will be broad. The intent is to displace the illegal market, one source said.

Documents obtained by CTV News show edible cannabis will be restricted to a maximum of 10 milligrams of THC in a package, ingredients that increase to appeal of edible cannabis will be restricted and it will be prohibited to make any claims about products’ health benefits.

Ingredients that could appeal to young people, like sweeteners or colourants, will be banned in cannabis extracts, according to the regulations obtained ahead of today’s announcement. Flavours appealing to young people are also not allowed to be displayed on the product label. These rules are similar to those in place for vaping products. A capsule will not be able to contain more than 10 mg of THC, and a container cannot contain more than 1,000 mg.

The government is also encouraging Canadians who decide to use cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals to “start low, go slow.” It’s warning that the effects of impairment are slower to take effect when ingesting cannabis compared to inhaling. The effects can be felt for up to 12 hours.

Health Canada will also launch a new “evidence-based education resource” that will provide Canadians with updated educational content online.

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