A key segment of Canada’s marijuana industry will remain banned for up to a year after the drug becomes legal for recreational use — making it harder for Justin Trudeau to kill off the black market.
Edibles, beverages, and pot for vaping are among products that will still be outlawed when the drug is legalized on Oct. 17. The government has said it wants more time to address the “unique risks” around that slice of the market, including quality control, dosage, portion sizes and packaging.
Until then, a vital part of the market will remain on hold, which could undermine the government’s stated goal of legalization — starving out illicit trade. Products from THC-infused lollipops to cookies and truffles are already available online in Canada and through dispensaries that aren’t sanctioned by the government.
“You either switch to what we provide, or you stick with the illicit market,” said