Amendment of the  Cannabis Act

Presently, the categories of cannabis that can be legally sold by holders of a federal licence and by distributors and retailers authorized by a province or territory are dried cannabis, fresh cannabis, cannabis oil, cannabis plants, and the seeds of cannabis plants. Even so, the federal government lately confirmed its intention to amend the  Cannabis Actin order to authorize the sale of 3 new categories of cannabis.

The 3 new categories are:

  • edible cannabis (solutions containing cannabis and intended to be ingested by consuming or drinking)
  • cannabis extracts (solutions that are developed utilizing extraction processing approaches or by synthesizing phytocannabinoids)
  • cannabis topicals (solutions that incorporate cannabis as an ingredient and are intended to be made use of on external physique surfaces).

Authorized persons will be capable to produce and commercialize a wide assortment of solutions falling inside these new categories by October 17, 2019.

Amendment of the  Cannabis Regulations

In conjunction with the addition of these new cannabis categories, the federal government published in December 2018 a draft regulation that is to come into force by October 17, 2019, which will amend the existing  Cannabis Regulations setting out the guidelines and requirements applicable to the production, distribution, sale, importation and exportation of cannabis (except for industrial hemp).

The amended regulation will establish new manage measures to address the public wellness and security dangers linked with these new categories. In distinct, a processing licence will be needed in order to manufacture, package or label edible cannabis, cannabis extracts or cannabis topicals.

Amongst the contemplated measures, it is proposed that a previous conviction (inside the final ten years) for an offence beneath the Protected Meals for Canadians Act will be a ground for the refusal or revocation of a processing licence. In addition, licence holders will have to conduct a item recall simulation at least when each and every 12 months to assess the effectiveness of their recall systems and processes.

The draft regulation also includes new guidelines governing the production of cannabis solutions, which incorporate THC limits as properly as restrictions on item composition and components.

Licensed processors who intend to sell these new solutions will have to apply to Wellness Canada to demonstrate that they meet all of the regulatory needs for these new categories of cannabis.

We encourage you to speak to one particular of the members of our specialized cannabis group if you have any queries with regards to the foregoing.