The federal government is holding a public consultation on the regulation of cannabis products, including edibles.

Health Canada released the proposed regulations today, which recommend 10mg of THC per package of cannabis edibles.

The federal Cannabis Act will see cannabis edibles legalized in October 2019, one year after cannabis was legalized for recreational use nation-wide.

For cannabis extracts, 10 mg of THC per unit, pill or capsule is recommended, with a maximum of 1000mg of THC per package. Other proposed product rules include limits on caffeine, and no added alcohol, vitamins or minerals.

The regulations also recommend that packaging for all cannabis products be plain, child resistant and bear the standardized cannabis symbol for products containing THC and an accompanying health warning.

They also place limits on how products can be marketed, namely they must not be appealing to children, cannot make health or dietary claims and must contain “no elements that would associate product with alcoholic beverages or brands of alcohol.”

The public consultation on the proposed regulations opened today and closes February 20, 2019. The questionnaire is available on Health Canada’s website and consists of 13 questions about various aspects of the regulations, including product rules, like THC limits, packaging and labelling, and requirements to control the quality of cannabis.

The federal government will consider the feedback collected as it develops the final regulations. The final regulations will be made public and published in the Canada Gazette no later than October 17, 2019, exactly one year after cannabis was legalized for recreational use.

Meaghan Richens

Meaghan Richens is from Ottawa, Ont., and grew up in Perth. She moved to Yellowknife in May 2018 after completing her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Carleton University. She writes about politics,...

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