Consultation: Strict regulation of edible cannabis, extracts and topicals

From: Health Canada

Current Status: Closed

This consultation opened on December 20, 2018 and closed on February 20, 2019.

Through the public consultation, we sought feedback on draft regulations to minimize the public health and public safety risks posed by:

  • edible cannabis
  • cannabis extracts
  • cannabis topicals

These cannabis products will be permitted for legal sale under the Cannabis Act no later than October 17, 2019.

The proposed regulations and Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 22, 2018. For more information on the proposed regulations, please see the Backgrounder: Consultation on the strict regulation of additional cannabis products.

A more detailed description of the regulations is available as part of the RIAS.

You may read, download or print the consultation questions.

Privacy Statement

Any personal information you provided to Health Canada in response to this consultation is collected pursuant to section 4 of the Department of Health Act and governed in accordance with the Privacy Act. The personal information collected consists of identifying and contact information and comments on the consultation. This personal information will be used by Health Canada for the purposes of analyzing the results of the consultation. The personal information of individuals submitting comments will not be disclosed. However, consistent with the Government of Canada's commitment to openness and transparency, Health Canada intends to make the comments submitted by organizations publicly available following the close of the consultation, including any personal information (e.g. the name(s) of representatives of those organizations) that may have been included in those submissions. 

For more information on your rights under the Privacy Act, including your right of access and correction, you can refer to the Personal Information Bank at PSU 914 - Public Communications at infosource.gc.ca, or contact privacy-vie.privee@hc-sc.gc.ca. You also have the right to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada if you think your personal information has been handled improperly.

Who was the focus of this consultation

We engaged with Canadians, including:

  • provinces, territories and municipalities
  • Indigenous peoples
  • industry
  • patients and patient groups
  • health care practitioners
  • the public health community
  • law enforcement

Key areas for discussion

Regulations are needed to address the public health and safety risks posed by cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals.

We sought your ideas and input on the draft regulations, especially around 3 themes:

  • product rules, including THC limits
  • packaging and labelling, including allowances for smaller packages
  • requirements to control the quality of cannabis (good production practices)

We will consider all of the input we received as we develop the final regulations. These will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, no later than October 17, 2019.

Contact us

Strategic Policy Directorate

Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch
Health Canada
Address locator 0302B
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9

Email: cannabis@canada.ca

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