Is it legal to sell cannabis edibles?

Region: Ontario Answer # 2441

New Health Canada regulations now make cannabis edibles legal in Canada. However, they are not yet available for sale legally. The new regulations, which include strict packaging and labelling requirements, came into effect October 17, 2019 and allow licensed producers to submit their edible and topical cannabis products to Health Canada in preparation of the legal sale of them to the public. Once submitted, the products are subject to a 60-90 day approval and procurement process.

When will cannabis edibles be available for sale legally?

As of approximately mid-December, the following three new classes of cannabis products will be legally available for sale in Canada:

  1. Edibles (e.g. candy, baked goods, beverages containing cannabis extracts).
  2. Cannabis extracts: a type of cannabis concentrate (e.g. hash oil) that uses solvents to draw out the desired substances of a plant, seed or fruit.
  3. Cannabis topicals (cannabis extracts prepared with alcohol, oil or wax and applied to the skin, such as ointments, oils, and salves).

Provincial regulations

Although cannabis edibles may be legal federally, provincial and territorial governments regulate the rules regarding the sale of cannabis edibles. For instance, in October 2019, Quebec passed a new law banning the sale of cannabis edibles in the form of candies and desserts once edibles become legally available for sale in December.

For legal advice and assistance with a cannabis related matter, contact our preferred cannabis law expert, Harrison Jordan Law .

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