One of Health Canada’s mandates in the legalization of cannabis is protecting the health of young people by restricting their access to cannabis products. The promotional sections of the Cannabis Act contain some specific restrictions to support this goal: Advertisements containing depictions of characters and animals and those that evoke glamour, vitality, risk, and daring, all of which could be considered appealing to youth are expressly prohibited. Subdivision A of Canada’s Cannabis Act, which lays out expectations for cannabis promotions, also contains a broader and less well-defined prohibition on all promotional materials that “could be appealing to young persons.” It includes a similar, broad prohibition on any product that has “an appearance, shape, or other sensory attribute” that … [Read more...] about Keeping Cannabis In Adult Hands: Health Canada’s Policy On Appeal To Youth
The prevalence of cannabis odour has been a concern for municipalities and their residents. Metro Vancouver has seen an influx of complaints and has moved to address this issue. Odour is one of the top municipal concerns when new licence applicants are trying to get a jurisdiction on board with their build plans, as such, odour control is often included in the applicant’s presentations to municipalities, and is also often the subject of spirited Q&A sessions with the public. Terpenes, the aromatic component of cannabis that connoisseurs appreciate - can also get a cannabis company in trouble. Odour control is a regulatory requirement Cannabis Regulations have always included the requirement to ensure odour doesn’t escape the facility. Section 85 of the Regulations states … [Read more...] about What’s That Smell?
Cannabis contains several phytocannabinoid compounds, including the well-known THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol), and non-cannabinoid compounds, such as terpenoids and flavonoids. While structurally similar to THC, CBD is a non-intoxicating phytocannabinoid. CBD has been studied for its therapeutic treatment potential for neuropathic pain, cancer pain, multiple sclerosis, inflammation, and more.1-5 CBD’s regulatory status in Canada is the subject of much interest and debate, and there are differences between expectations and what ultimately came to pass. In November 2017, Health Canada published a consultation paper Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis, forecasting various supply chains for CBD-rich products. The document implied that CBD would be … [Read more...] about CBD in Consumer Products
On July 3, 2019, the government of Ontario announced plans to open 50 new cannabis retail stores across Ontario. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will hold a lottery on August 20, 2019 for 42 of the locations. The remaining eight stores will be allocated on a first come, first served basis to First Nations Reserves that have received Band Council approval in a process separate from the lottery. The announcement comes after the Ontario Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli, presented the 2019/20 provincial budget last April offering an insight into a pre-qualification process that would allow the government of Ontario to take a “market-oriented approach, which will allow private-sector business to build a safe and convenient retail system to combat the illegal … [Read more...] about Government of Ontario Announces 50 New Cannabis Retail Stores
The publication of the Regulations Amending the Cannabis Regulations (New Classes of Cannabis) in the Canada Gazette II on June 26th, 2019 finalizes the framework for edible cannabis products in Canada, but there are still many questions producers are asking themselves. Based on the regulations, commercial manufacturing of edible cannabis products falls under the Micro Processing and Standard Processing Licences. Those holding Processing Licences for cannabis oil from Health Canada can start manufacturing edible cannabis products now, and these products can be commercialized after the new regulations come into force on October 17th, 2019. This is only possible if the manufacturer applies for and obtains an amendment adding the edible cannabis class to their licence, submits the … [Read more...] about Preparing for the coming of Edibles
The Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) has re-opened its doors and is accepting new applications for Cannabis Retail Stores as per the Information Bulletin released May 30th, 2019. The AGLC decided to lift their moratorium on accepting new retail license applications and issuing new retail licenses as a result of “a steady increase in [their] cannabis supply.” The agency indicated that it currently has contracts with 26 licensed producers to meet the demands in Alberta and are ensuring that a consistent supply be maintained in order to support its economic development and the success of its budding cannabis industry. In order to ensure the province’s retailers have a consistent supply of cannabis, the AGLC will be issuing five licenses on a weekly basis and will re-evaluate … [Read more...] about Moratorium on Retail Cannabis License Applications Lifted in Alberta