Edibles are coming to Canada, but so are shortages
Canada released its rules for edibles and concentrates recently, and while the good news is that the new products will technically be legal on October 17, the bad news is that there will likely be shortages until even later in the year. Currently, only oils, plants and seeds are legal in America’s neighbor to the north, but October will bring legal edibles, concentrates, extracts, and topicals to the recreational marketplace.
Don’t celebrate too quickly, however. Edibles in Canada will initially be limited to servings of 10mg of THC per package, and while in the states, there can be multiple servings in a package, in Canada it’s one dose per package, not bite. The products also can’t have “dessert or confectionary flavors” (so no brownies??) and will need to be shelf-stable, which means that refrigeration can’t be required at all.
Edibles also can’t be available until at least 60 days after they become legal, and when you combine that with the production delays needed to make products that comply with the regulations, legalization of these products sounds like a mess. Vape carts seem like they’ll be the first products to roll out, but the low-dose edibles are a problem for medical users who need higher doses, and they’ll also encourage a black market for products that don’t fit the regulations (you could technically buy a bunch of flower legally and make illegal brownies yourself — not that we encourage breaking the law). And this also means that if people want higher doses they’ll buy flower, so there could be a shortage of bud as well.
In short, while it’s great to see these products hit the market, these regulations are probably a little too strict to be helpful right away. Fortunately, in other areas, we’ve seen regulations be lowered when they’re initially set too restrictive, so once “Legalization 2.0” (which is what they’re calling it) happens and these issues arise, there may have to be changes in the law. As soon as the end of this year, Canada may have to revisit these rules, to help stabilize the market.