December 12, 2020, was when Health Canada announced a 30-day consultation on a variety of cannabis regulatory issues. This move prompted changes in the regulations in different areas such as cannabis research, product labeling, beverage limits, and more.
The comments or further questions have already been submitted in January 2011. The regulatory body was looking to engage with the Canadians to decode the primary focus areas within cannabis regulations.
This consultation comes ahead of the review of the federal legislative framework set to begin in October 2021. In this article, we’ve highlighted all the inputs gathered for further regulatory development.
So, let’s begin!
Canada’s Cannabis Regulation- Decoding The Information
The inputs gathered through this nationwide consultation was primarily meant to understand the following areas:
- Cannabis research involving human participants for non-therapeutic purposes.
- Cannabis testing
- Public possession limits
- Product labeling conditions
And a few more related to licenses and other aspects of cannabis. In other words, Health Canada wanted to know what the public feels about cannabis selling, labeling, and research.
Many industry experts expect that this will result in mild relaxation of packaging rules and possession of infused drinks. Further, it might also change the display of labels. For instance, if you buy cannabis in Alberta or any other city in Canada, the products will have THC and CBD mentioned on the product label.
However, it might change to mentioning other components as well. Thus, allowing consumers to choose the right alberta weed for themselves. People think it’s in their interest to talk to know what’s in their cannabis product.
Further, they might be receptive to changing the equivalent rates for possessing cannabis. For instance, Canada allows consumers to carry around 30 grams of dried cannabis and only 2.1 liters of marijuana-infused liquids.
This rule limits the beverages to only five cans at a single purchase. However, some still doubt whether regulators will change this condition.
The regulatory body is also hinting towards some potential changes regarding licensing for small-scale manufacturers. Moreover, they will further review the guidelines about who can participate in the research related to cannabis (not meant for therapeutic purposes).
This consultation aimed to understand where the public sees cannabis and what they want to make it a better product in the coming future. So, they released some questions regarding all these aspects related to cannabis.
The growing demand for various cannabis products is driving regulatory bodies to review what’s right and wrong in policies. Global leaders expect that Health Canada might stick to a harm reduction strategy rather than entirely focusing on the economic aspects of this industry. It will be mostly towards ensuring the safety of the public and to curb any illegal market.
All in all, they want to create a positive environment around cannabis so that people who wish to use it don’t fall under any skepticism.
So, what do you think will change in Canada at the end of this year? And how will it impact the growth of the cannabis industry in the foreseeable future?