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Pot edibles won't hit store shelves until at least mid-December in Canada

Last Updated Jun 14, 2019 at 10:56 am PDT

Edible cannabis products for sale at 4/20 at Sunset Beach in 2019. (Source: Monika Gul/NEWS 1130)
Summary

You'll have to wait a little longer than expected to get your hands on legal cannabis edibles in Canada

Edible cannabis products are expected to be on store shelves across Canada two months later than first expected

We're expected to get final regulations for edible cannabis products on Friday

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Edible cannabis products are expected to go on sale across Canada later this year — just in time for Christmas.

Under the law, cannabis edibles, extracts, and topicals have to be legalized by October 17, 2019.

While, technically, regulations will be in place by that deadline, reports suggest stores will have to wait 60 days before they can put the products on their shelves, meaning you can only start legally buying them in mid-December.

The federal NDP claims the government is delaying the sales in order to push it after the October election.

NDP Critic Don Davies calls the delay unacceptable.

“The very purpose of the cannabis act, according to the Liberals, was that they want to take cannabis out of the black market,” he says. “But yet, they’ve been content to leave a large chunk of these products to the black market.”

Government House Leader Bardish Chagger dismisses criticisms the Liberals are delaying the move.

“We are a government that listens and engages, and that means it’s going to take us a little bit more time to do it properly, to move forward the right way. I believe that’s a responsible thing to do.”

The government has also revealed the final regulations for edibles, which include a 10 mg cap on the amount of THC in each product.

The federal government is also saying edibles will not be allowed to be mixed with alcohol, cannot appeal to children, and will have to be in plain packaging.