By Jack Choros
Can you believe it’s been almost a full year since recreational cannabis became legal in Canada? It’s true! October 17th marks the day. Although this first year in a legal cannabis Canada has certainly gone by quickly, the regulatory landscape surrounding many different types of cannabis is still taking shape. While it’s currently legal to vape or smoke cannabis and use cannabis oils, there’s a certain elephant in the room that still needs to be addressed. We’re talking about edibles and extracts!
With that in mind, we at the Friendly Stranger thought it would be a good idea to answer some of the “burning” questions our loyal customers have been asking about these new additions to legal cannabis. We know a lot of you cannabis enthusiasts can’t wait to gain clarity, so here are the current answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about legalization 2.0. Keep in mind that laws and policies are always subject to change.
1) Will I be able to purchase edibles and extracts in stores/online on October 17, 2019?
Although edibles, concentrates and topical are legal as of October 17th, 2019, Health Canada says a limited supply will be made available to the public no sooner than mid-December, 2019.
2) How many milligrams of edibles and extracts can I purchase once it becomes available to the public?
Government regulations stipulate consumers can buy edibles containing a maximum of 10 milligrams of THC in a single serving. Concentrates, most commonly used in vape pens, can contain up to 1,000 milligrams of THC per package. Topical products absorbed through the skin for the purposes of pain relief or the reduction of inflammation (lotions, balms, oils, etc…) will also have a limit of 1,000 mg of THC per package.
3) Will I be able to buy cookies, brownies, and candies?
Yes, you will be able to buy cookies, brownies, candies and any other tasty infused foods that LPs (licensed producers) come up with. Again a single serving of edibles can contain no more than 10 milligrams of THC per serving, regardless of how many cookies, brownies or candies you order.
4) Will I be able to buy pure extracts or will it only be sold in vape cartridges?
Yes! You will be able to buy pure extracts. Consuming extracts won’t be limited to just vaporizer use.
5) Will I be able to buy edibles/extracts infused with alcohol or nicotine?
No. The government is not allowing licensed producers to infuse edibles or extracts with alcohol, nicotine, or caffeine.
6) Will I be able to legally buy edible CBD products on October 17, 2019?
No. The October 17th deadline allows licensed producers to begin the government application process that will approve the production of all edible and extract products. Health Canada stipulates the approval and procurement process will take anywhere from 60-90 days. This means there will be no legal cannabis extracts or edibles on shelves for a while. This includes CBD-infused products as well.
7) When can I buy edibles at Friendly Stranger?
As soon as the government gives Friendly Stranger the green light to sell cannabis, including edibles and extracts, we’ll work hastily to make it happen and keep you updated when the moment arrives.
There you have it, the most frequently asked questions about legalization 2.0 answered just for you. Keep reading our blog and subscribe to our mailing list for all the latest updates.
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