Cannabis edibles to hit stores as early as mid-December in Canada


EDMONTON–Weed brownies could hit stores just in time for Christmas.

Health Canada announced Friday that Canadians can expect to see a limited selection of cannabis-infused edibles, extracts and topicals on the recreational market “no earlier than mid-December 2019.”

The products will become legal on Oct. 17, exactly one year after recreational cannabis first hit stores, but officials say licensed producers will need time to “become familiar with and prepare to comply with the new rules.”

Some in the industry have criticized those rules as being too strict.

Regulations for the products — also finalized Friday — put limits on THC that are significantly lower than what is offered on the black market and in some legal recreational markets in the U.S.

A single package of edibles, which could contain multiple gummies, brownies or cookies, can have no more than 10 milligrams of THC, the main psychoactive component found in cannabis. That’s 10 times less than what California, Colorado and Washington states allow for a single package of edibles.

Kevin Maimann is an Edmonton-based reporter covering education and marijuana legalization. Follow him on Twitter: @TheMaimann

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