Area of Law: Cannabis Law
Answer # 2442
Is it legal to sell cannabis concentrates (extracts)?Region: Ontario Answer # 2442
Cannabis extracts, also known as concentrates, refer to concentrated THC and CBD liquid extracts from the cannabis flower (such as hash oil). Extracts can be ingested or inhaled.
The sale and purchase of cannabis extract products is legal in Canada. They must be purchased from the provincial government online or retail site, or through a licensed private retailer. Licensed producers must first submit their products to Health Canada before they can be available for legal sale to the public. Once submitted, the products are subject to a 60-90 day approval and procurement process.
Health Canada has released regulations regarding the content, packaging, labelling and promotion of cannabis extracts.
Ingested cannabis extract THC content:
- limit of 10 milligrams per unit (e.g. a capsule) or dispensed amount
- a limit of 1000 mg per package
Inhaled cannabis extract THC content:
- a limit of 1000 mg of THC per package
All cannabis extract content cannot contain:
- any added vitamins or minerals
- any nicotine (and added alcohol in inhaled products)
- added sugars, sweeteners or colours
All cannabis extract packaging must:
- be child-resistant and plain to lower the risk of accidental consumption and make packages less appealing to young persons
- have a maximum package size of 90 mL for liquid extracts if under 3% THC
- have a maximum package size of 7.5 g for extracts if over 3% THC
- include dispensing device if a liquid and not in unit form
All cannabis extract labels must state:
- a list of ingredients and allergens
- the intended use
- the standardized cannabis symbol for products containing THC (must be directly on accessories such as vaping pens)
- a health warning message
- the THC/CBD content
- the equivalency to dried cannabis to determine public possession limit
As well, cannabis extract products cannot:
- be appealing to youth or children
- contain elements that would associate the product with alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or vaping products
- make any health or cosmetic claims
Although cannabis extract products may be legal federally, provincial and territorial governments regulate the rules regarding the sale and pubic consumption of cannabis extracts. For example, vaping has been banned in Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information, view other topics in Cannabis Law.
For information on where cannabis extracts may be legally purchased in Ontario, view topic 2402 Private retailers and government sales.
For legal advice and assistance with a cannabis related matter, contact our preferred cannabis law expert, Harrison Jordan Law .
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