Canadians are demanding that Quebec’s government-operated cannabis retailer cease utilizing single-use plastic for its weed solutions, but the business claims its hands are tied by government regulations.
More than 1,500 Canadians have signed a petition demanding that Quebec reduce down the quantity of plastic utilised to package legal cannabis solutions.
The petition asks the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), the government agency accountable for promoting and distributing all legal cannabis solutions in Quebec, to ban all single-use plastic for weed packaging. “There is as well a lot packaging for no explanation,” stated Ruba Ghazal, Member of the National Assembly of Quebec and sponsor of the petition, to CBC News. “The other request is to have far more ecological packing, biodegradable plastic,” Ghazal added.
The petition notes that the SQDC utilizes thick, plastic kid-resistant packaging on cannabis solutions, which is frequently boxed in a second layer of cardboard. Most of these containers are developed for single use and are non-recyclable, and the SQDC does not supply any selections for its consumers to dispose of this packaging in an environmentally-friendly style.
The SQDC responded that the excessive packaging is essential to comply with the federal government’s strict marijuana packaging regulations. “Producers and suppliers should strictly adhere to government labeling and packaging specifications imposed by the Cannabis Act and by Overall health Canada,” the agency stated in a statement reported by the CBC.
When the Canadian government legalized adult-use retail sales final fall, it incorporated a quantity of serious regulations governing specifically how cannabis solutions could be packaged. Each and every weed solution should be sealed in a tamper-evident, kid-proof package devoid of any logos or flashy colors that could possibly attract the interest of young children.
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This is the second petition against the SQDC’s plastic packaging that has been circulated in two years. Final year, Montreal resident Jody Aveline, founder of the Cans four Money Collection Service, petitioned the provincial weed supplier to take a far more eco-friendly strategy to its packaging. The SQDC is “pushing far more plastic on the globe,” he stated to International News. “It’s ridiculous.”
This earlier petition asked the cannabis agency to implement a refund or consignment policy to encourage consumers to bring their opened packaging waste back to shops. The petition also recommended utilizing reusable containers, or enabling consumers to bring their personal pot containers. “What about [making the packaging out of] hemp?” Aveline proposed. “Why not use the byproduct of the solution?”
Aveline’s petition attracted about 1,000 signatures in total. In response, SQDC spokesperson Mathieu Gaudreault told International News that the company’s packaging was “almost all totally recyclable.” Gaudreault added that “the SQDC is sensitive to this challenge and will be searching at the environmental influence of our packaging through the subsequent solution choice meeting with our suppliers.”
The business did not alter its packaging, having said that, prompting Ghazal’s new petition, which demanded that the business take one more appear at devising an environmentally-friendly option.