The province’s government-run cannabis retailer is taking orders from stores looking to sell a small selection of pot-infused edibles, extracts, vapes and beverages, but Ontarians will have to wait a few more days to get their fix.
Delivery of the now-legal products will begin Monday, the first day stores will be legally allowed to sell to consumers.
Each store can decide when to put those products on sale, David Lobo, the Ontario Cannabis Store’s vice-president of corporate affairs, said at a Friday news conference in North York.
The initial range of items available to stores next week include disposable vape pens, gummies, chocolates, cookies and a tea.
Products will first appear in stores, then online at OCS.ca as early as Jan. 16.
More products will be made available in coming weeks and months, Lobo said, adding producers have released 59 products during the rollout.
“Over the remainder of January into February there will be a lot more vape products, as well as soft chews and chocolate,” Lobo said. “We expect by February or March for the supply to rapidly improve.”
Lobo said in the first few weeks there will be a “limited supply in terms of variety and quantity of products,” though he does not anticipate the rollout will be as slow as what was experienced during the initial release of dried flowers.
He said 27 stores are cleared to sell the products, with more to coming in a month or two.
Topicals — pot-infused lotions, balms and oils — won’t be available until late February and March.
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The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, operating as the Ontario Cannabis Store, is the government-run legal retailer of recreational cannabis via its online store, and as a wholesale supplier to private stores.
Cannabis edibles and topicals were legalized in October, but there was a delay in the release to stores due to Health Canada instituted a 60-day waiting period to ensure that it had enough time to review and approve them for sale.
Lobo said Health Canada is taking a “cautious approach” with the launch to avoid things like accidental consumption.
Under federal regulations, the OCS is able to provide stores with products that have up to 10 milligrams of THC per edible product, while vapes can offer a broader range of the active ingredient.
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