Canada has launched proposed regulations for edible cannabis products

Canada has launched proposed regulations for edible cannabis products

Health Canada, the Canadian government department, has launched a public consultation on regulating so-called additional cannabis products.

In the case of edible products with cannabis as an ingredient, which become legal next October, it is proposing a limit to how much THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) they can contain. No package of edibles would be permitted more than 10mg of THC, while extracts and topicals could not exceed 1,000mg of THC.

Restrictions would also be placed on ingredients that would make edible cannabis more appealing to children, such as sweeteners or colourants, or adding ingredients that could encourage consumption, such as nicotine. Cannabis edibles that appear or are packaged like candy or other familiar children's foods would also be banned.

Similar restrictions are proposed for topical products and cannabis extracts, and manufacturers would be prohibited from making any claims about health benefits or nutrition on their labels.

All packaging would have to be plain and child-resistant and display the standard cannabis symbol with a health warning.

Canada legalised cannabis in October but wants to ensure access to the drug is restricted and products linked to it are tightly controlled.

Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canada's Minister of Health, said: "These proposed regulations under the Cannabis Act support our overarching goal of keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth and protecting public health and safety. We look forward to hearing the views of Canadians from across the country." 

Responses to the public consultation need to be in by 20 February.

The future of cannabis in food and drink is the subject of the latest issue of Futures, just-food's new service which is designed to help food firms plan for the future. It can be downloaded for free via this link.