The next stage of cannabis legalization is upon us: As of October 17, 2019, cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals are legal for sale in Canada. However, both OCS.ca and Licensed Retailers will not have these products available for sale until early 2020. Read on to learn the details.
What’s Legal Now?
On October 17, 2019 — one year from the date recreational cannabis was legalized — the federal government amended the Cannabis Regulations, allowing cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals to be legal for sale in Canada.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the new categories:
- Edibles are products made using either cannabis flower or concentrates that are intended to be eaten or drunk.
- Extracts (also known as concentrates) can be either ingested or inhaled; these products have been extracted from the cannabis flower and processed into a concentrated form.
- Topicals include products like lotions and creams that are infused with cannabis and intended to be applied to the hair, skin or nails.
To learn more about edibles, extracts and topicals, click here.
Why Can’t I Buy New Products Now?
It will take at least 60 days after legalization before Ontarians can buy edibles, extracts and topicals on OCS.ca or at licensed retail stores.
- Now that these products are legal, licensed producers must notify Health Canada with their plans to sell edibles, extracts and topicals before they can start to sell them to authorized retailers across Canada, including the OCS.
- This notice period must last for at least 60 days, during which Health Canada reviews the products that the licensed producer intends to sell.
When Will New Products Become Available for Sale?
Cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals will gradually be available for purchase online and in bricks-and-mortar stores beginning in early 2020.