Quebeckers who were hoping to eat some cannabis treats this winter will be highly disappointed. As the country prepares itself for the legalization of edibles, extracts, and topicals, Quebec has decided to preemptively ban the sale of certain edible products.
The news comes as a surprise to many in the province as they were expecting to join the rest of the country when edibles will be legal in October. Unfortunately for Quebec cannabis enthusiasts, you'll still have to make your edibles at home.
According to Radio-Canada, the provincial government is banning the sale of certain edibles in Quebec because it believes that these products will be "attractive to minors." The government also plans for more stringent measures related to the sale of cannabis in the province.
The government will ban the sale of cannabis chocolates, candies, confections, and desserts indefinitely. So far, it seems like the government will still allow the sale of extracts and vape products. For the moment, topical cannabis products will be banned.
Those who were hoping to find them on SQDC shelves across the province will be sorely disappointed come October. The federal government is legalizing the sale of edibles on October 17th of this year.
Cannabis edibles sold in government retail stores will not be allowed to exceed a THC content greater than 5 milligrams per unit, 10 milligrams per package. Liquids and topicals, on the other hand, will not be allowed to exceed more than 5 milligrams per package.
Ottawa says that after official legalization, products will begin to appear on shelves within 60 days. Quebec will most likely allow vape products, despite not allowing edible products.
According to the Quebec government, Ottawa doesn't have sufficient measures in place to discourage minors. They worry that the lack of regulation will make Quebec unable to meet public health and safety objectives.
Other measures by the Quebec government include limiting the THC content of cannabis products to under 30%, prohibiting additives or substances to improve the taste and smell of vape products, and banning the sale of topical products.
The government will also analyze the psychotropic effects of cannabis products and introduce stringent measures to prevent youth from consuming cannabis.
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Cannabis extracts, edibles, topicals, and vape products will officially be legal in Canada on October 17th, 2019.
As for Quebec, you'll have to make your sweet weed treats at home.