On June 14, 2019 the Government of Canada announced its final amendments to the Cannabis Regulations (the “Regulations”), which set the rules for the production and sale of cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals – the three new classes of cannabis products that will be legal for recreational use in Canada later this year.
The Regulations will come into force on October 17, 2019. Health Canada advises that it will begin to accept applications for new product licences in mid-September 2019. However, consistent with the regulations in force now, licence holders will be required to give Health Canada 60-days’ written notice before making a new cannabis product available for sale. This means the earliest date that cannabis edibles, extracts, and topicals can be put on shelves or in online stores will be December 16, 2019.
Changes from draft Regulations proposed last year
After Health Canada proposed its draft