Canadians are expected to supply cannabis vinegar when it is legally legal in mid-December, and government officials say a limited range of products will not include food that appeals to children.
Health Canada has released new regulations for cannabis edible foods, beverages, topical solvents and extracts, which will be available in the legitimate market from mid-December.
Officials say the rule, which includes stringent packaging and labeling requirements, is designed to limit the appeal of cannabis products and reduce the risk of food poisoning or overdose.
The product requires child resistant and children's packaging, and the product should not "appeal to young people."
Bill Blair, the minister for border security and organized crime reduction, a free government agent on cannabis legalization files, said safety was a top priority when the government drafted the bill.
"Listening in the industry, people say & # 39; you can make more money if you do this or relax this rule, but frankly it's not our motive," he said in an incident in Coquitlam said. Friday.
"Our motivation is to protect our children, protect the health and safety of Canadians, keep our communities safe, and replace illegal markets developed in this country for decades."
Blair warned that buying on the black market is "crap" because consumers can not guarantee the efficacy or purity of the product. Black market products may contain pesticides, pesticides or fertilizers, which are not suitable for human consumption, he said.
"We are replacing more dangerous products with regulated products as safer products," he said.
Do not allow & # 39; Youth Appeals & # 39;
In a briefing with reporters, health Canadian officials said they would evaluate the proposed product for fragrance, color, shape, smell and branding to determine if they could tempt children.
Items are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and it is not clear where the lines will be drawn.
A bureaucrat asked whether the sale would be allowed or not, saying, "Would you be allowed to ask if a rubber pacifier appeals to a young person, and the answer is," No. "
"Gummy bears appealing to children are prohibited … punishable by a five-year prison and a serious crime that could result in a fine of $ 1 million."
Prohibition and restrictions on the sale of products appealing to youth are similar to those applicable to tobacco and tobacco products.
NDP health commentator Don Davies accused the government of legalizing edible books and leaving them in the black market. Canadian companies are thrilled when they say they can become "diggers" as they are in jurisdictions like California.
There is no reason to wait.
"We do not have to go on with the pills for policy reasons, for health reasons, and finally for business reasons," he said.
Officials said it would take time for the licensed industry to design and build inventory before obtaining government approval.
An adult representative said, "Adults will initially show limited-range products at stores and additional products will be available over time.
Health Canada says it can not predict how long it will take to market a larger, more diverse product. As of July 15, federal-regulated processors may apply to sell products to Health Canada and advise the proposed product department as of October 17.
You can then sell the product for sale in 60 days.
To limit side effects from accidental consumption or overdosage, each package is limited to a maximum of 10 mg of THC, the main motile component of cannabis. Officials say cannabis smoking can have almost immediate effects, but cannabis consumption can take up to four hours to become effective and the effects can last for much longer.
They also warned that the chronic use of cannabis can have serious health consequences such as addiction and memory or loss of concentration.
Recognition campaign urged.
Marilyn Gladu, a Conservative health commentator, said that some children in the United States were "imprisoned" in the emergency room for "over poisoning or accidental consumption of cannabis". She urged the government to begin a major awareness campaign ahead of food legalization.
"We need to learn about our products so we can understand how people can get away from children," she said.
When the dried cannabis was legally used for recreational use last October, the government continued to negotiate regulations on packaged edible products and other products in February.
Distributors and retailers approved under the new regulations have access to three new classes of cannabis products.
- Edible books (candy, confectionery).
- Cannabis extract.
- Cannabis "topic" (ointment, oil, makeup).
Cannabis Injection Alcoholic beverages and tobacco, nicotine or caffeine-containing cannabis products are prohibited. Goods with a low level of caffeine such as chocolate may also be permitted.