The Ottawa-based agency on Friday released its final regulations governing these pot products, including topicals and extracts, and indicated the rules will come into force on October 17 - exactly one year since the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada.
That means that pot-infused brownies, beverages or lotions won't be available for legal sale until December 17 at the earliest. "I encourage adult Canadians who choose to consume cannabis to do not forget to store it safely out of the reach of children and youth, and to consult the new evidence-based resources on Health Canada's website that can support you in making informed decisions".
Provincially or territorially authorized distributors and retailers will also need time to purchase and obtain the new products and make them available for sale, according to Health Canada.
The final regulations, which will be formally published in the Canada Gazette on June 26, have been highly anticipated by pot industry players as well as a flurry of food and beverage companies that have announced plans to cash in on the anticipated demand. The law will also be effective on the sat and body-shaming of cannabis.
According to a recently-released Deloitte report, the new market of cannabis products is projected to be worth CA$2.7 billion, annually. That's on top of the roughly $6 billion estimated domestic market for recreational and medical cannabis, the consultancy said in its report.
"We are likely to only see the first products launched late into December. with regulators likely to review numerous details of proposals including testing, manufacturing and packaging procedures as well as product data and ingredient specifications".
"The amended regulations under the Cannabis Act will support our overarching goal of keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth and protecting Canadians by helping to mitigate the health risks posed by these new cannabis products", Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said in a statement.
Some of the new restrictions were expected given Health Canada releasing draft regulations in February.
Prohibited are cannabis-infused beverages that contain either alcohol or tobacco, nicotine or caffeine. All packaging must be plain and child resistant, and must not be appealing to young people.
"It's not the government's intention to promote the use of this drug but rather to make it legally available in a well-regulated manner to reduce the social and health harms often associated with cannabis use", he said.
An official from Health Canada said that the determination of whether or not a product appeals to kids "needs to consider a range of factors", which will be carried out on a case-by-case basis.
Omar Khan, a vice-president with Hill and Knowlton Strategies who advises several clients in the cannabis industry, said there were few surprises in the final regulations.
A single "serving" of hashish edibles can possess no better than 10 milligrams of THC, which technique that whether or not or not there are 10 cookies in a packet or proper one cookie as an illustration, the THC disclose will dwell the identical, officials said.
Producers and distributors also can not make health or dietary claims, and can not combine or even associate pot products with alcoholic beverages - so cannabis beer, which a handful of companies are developing, would not be allowed.
Early response from licensed producers show hide a frequent toughen for the last guidelines, especially in the case of the timeline of December 2019.
Ontario is home to more than half the licensed producers of recreational cannabis in Canada and a majority of employment.