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Cannabis edibles expected on B.C. store shelves by year's end

File Photo: Edible marijuana products are displayed for sale at a Weeds Glass & Gifts medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Vancouver on Friday, May 1, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Cannabis edibles are expected to be on the shelves in B.C. by the end of December

Retailers in B.C. have been able to buy the products from the Liquor Distribution Branch since Dec. 18

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – Legal edible cannabis products might be ready to go as a last-minute stocking stuffer.

The B.C. government says the first shipments of the new kinds of products like cannabis-infused drinks, chocolate, and vapourizers are available to retailers.

They expect the “green” treats should be on store shelves later this month as the Liquor Distribution Branch starts shipping out orders to retail stores.

The LDB says it has 260 types of new products available, but only a small portion of them will be available until a few months into the new year.

“The addition of edibles, extracts and topicals represents the provincial government’s commitment to providing safe, regulated non-medical cannabis products to B.C. consumers,” Blain Lawson, LDB’s general manager and CEO, said in a news release. “A lot of work has gone into procuring these products, and we look forward to working with our suppliers as they continue to introduce new products to market.”

Types of products available within the coming months include: carbonated and non-carbonated cannabis drinks, tea bags, oils and powders; edibles like chocolates, cookies, soft chews and mints; vapourizers and cartridges; extracts likes shatter and hashish; and topicals to be applied to the hair, skin and nails.

The government says 24 licensed producers have been approved to start selling these products. You can see a map of where to buy legal cannabis products in B.C. here.