Ottawa rolls out date for legal cannabis edibles today

The federal government will confirm today the date when new cannabis products — like edibles, beverages, topicals and extracts — will be legal.

The final regulations will be rolled out today by Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair, the minister responsible for administering the Cannabis Act.

When dried cannabis became legal for recreational use last October, the federal government continued its consultations on rules for edibles and other products. Those consultations ended in February. Ottawa indicated at the time that regulations on cannabis edibles and concentrates would come into effect on Oct. 17, 2019, but has not yet said when these products will be available for sale.

The new regulations will give authorized distributors and retailers access to three new classes of cannabis products: edibles (candy, baked goods), cannabis extracts and cannabis ‘topicals’ (ointments, oils, makeup).

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