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August 13, 2019

Confectionery in spotlight as Quebec outlines cannabis rules

Quebec has dubbed the Canadian federal government's plans to regulate cannabis edibles "insufficient" and the country's second-largest province has set out its own rules.

By Dean Best

Québec has dubbed the Canadian federal government’s plans to regulate cannabis edibles “insufficient” and the country’s second-largest province has set out its own rules.

Earlier this year, Canada’s federal government announced regulations classifying products into three groups: edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals.

However, Québec’s provincial government has set out its own plans. In a statement, Québec said the draft regulation encompasses “several, stricter, supervisory measures”.

Under Québec’s proposals, the sale of edible cannabis products in solid and liquid form would be allowed but the sale of “sweets, confectionery, desserts, including chocolate, and any other product that is attractive to minors” would be banned.

“The measures planned by the federal government to regulate these new categories of products are, in various respects, insufficient to enable Québec to achieve its public health and safety objectives,” the provincial government said. “Québec is therefore taking the necessary steps to do more to reduce the trivialisation of cannabis, its appeal to young people, the risk of involuntary intoxication and the health risks associated with products with high concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol.”

Also known as THC, tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound of cannabis that causes the high for which cannabis is known.

Under Québec’s proposals, an edible cannabis product in solid form “may not contain more than 5mg of THC” per unit or 10mg per package. For liquids, the proposed ceiling is 5mg per package.

Canada’s federal government in Ottawa will formally introduce its rules on 17 October.

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