After 8 months since the recreational legalization of cannabis, Health Canada came up with regulations for cannabis infused food, well known as edibles. The cannabis Act regulates several products like dried flower, how many plants you can grow, oils and seeds. Excluding other cannabis products like creams, edibles and concentrates.
Early this year we all heard Health Canada’s plan, but it was nothing concrete at that time. On June 14th Health Canada publicly released its plan for the production and distribution of edibles. The regulations allow 10 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per package. Even with drinks, if you wanted to drink a six pack each can must contain max 1.7 mg of THC, also, they cannot contain alcohol.
Edibles have to be made with no added vitamins, minerals, or nicotine. Some products with little amounts of caffeine will be allowed, though, Health Canada hasn’t released this information yet. Cannabis infused food won’t be allowed to contain sugar, sweeteners, or come in shapes, forms, colours, or flavours that appeal to children.
Health Canada will review edibles on a case by case basis in order to verify that the companies comply with this regulation, according to the regulator this is a good opportunity to be innovative within the restrictions. Breaking this regulation can carry up to $5 million in fines.
The cannabis infused foods cannot be made in the same facility where other foods are made or in a cannabis facility, this is to prevent cross contamination. The packaging must be child-resistant, plain, and brandishing a warning symbol, and it can’t have nutritional or promotional claims. However, they can have a peel-away information panel to allow for more information.
Topicals infused with cannabis can have up to 1,000 mg of THC per package. Extracts can have 10 mg of THC per unit, but allow for a maximum of 1,000 mg per package. CBD is still regulated by the Industrial Hemp Act. CBD infused products will have to be added to the federal food and drug regulations and will not be allowed to contain added sweeteners, colours, nicotine, or caffeine.
Find detailed information at https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/news/2019/06/health-canada-finalizes-regulations-for-the-production-and-sale-of-edible-cannabis-cannabis-extracts-and-cannabis-topicals.html