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Health Canada releases draft regulations for edible cannabis products

Last Updated Dec 20, 2018 at 11:13 am PDT

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014, file photo, smaller-dose pot-infused brownies are divided and packaged at The Growing Kitchen in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

OTTAWA — The federal government has released a list of proposed rules for edible cannabis products in Canada as it prepares to add them to the list of legal pot products by next fall.

The draft regulations propose a set of hard caps on the amount of THC that could be in any package, depending on the product.

Restrictions would be placed on ingredients that would make edible cannabis more appealing to children, such as sweeteners or colourants, or adding ingredients like nicotine that could encourage consumption.

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Similar restrictions are proposed for topical products and cannabis extracts, and manufacturers would be prohibited from making any claims about health benefits or nutrition on their labels.

All packaging would have to be child-resistant and display the standard cannabis symbol with a health warning message.

Ottawa is gathering public input on these proposed rules until Feb. 20.

Edibles will legalized for sale in Canada no later than Oct. 17, 2019.