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
One of the interesting aspects of working in the Natural Health Product (NHP)/Cosmetic/Over-the-Counter (OTC or, non-prescription) space often comes down to classifying the product you hope to market. Similar products, such as varieties of toothpaste, can be subject to significantly different rules depending on what classification they fall under. If one toothpaste fights cavities with cetylpyridinium chloride, another uses sodium fluoride, and yet another claims only to clean your teeth, are these products honestly so different they warrant being subject to entirely different oversight, fees, and regulatory process? In an effort to modernize its approach to regulating self-care products, Health Canada has proposed a new Self-Care Framework that attempts to take on these discrepancies … [Read more...] about Natural Health Products to see improved labelling requirements
On May 8, 2019, Health Canada announced they were changing the requirements for new cannabis facility licensing applications. This resulted in a lot of speculation on what this meant for the cannabis industry, with implications to those looking to get into the industry as well as those businesses currently in the application queue. The last five years of cannabis licensing in Canada has been turbulent and unpredictable at times, and this last round of regulation changes may feel much of the same. However, there is a silver lining to be seen with this recent round of updates. Over the years, there have been many changes to various cannabis regulations, including the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) which were broad and open to interpretation when first released. This … [Read more...] about Health Canada Licensing Changes Pose a Silver Lining