Consultation: Strict regulation of edible cannabis, extracts and topicals

From: Health Canada

Current Status: Open

This consultation opened on December 20, 2018. It will close on February 20, 2019.

We are seeking 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) are published in the Canada Gazette, Part I. 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.

Join in: How to participate

Online questionnaire

Use the online form (you will not need to sign up for an account or give personal information)

You may also read, download or print the consultation questions.

Written submissions

By email: cannabis@canada.ca

By mail to:

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

Any personal information you provide 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 be 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 is the focus of this consultation

We will engage with Canadians, including:

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

We are actively seeking the input of all interested and affected parties to support development of the regulations. We will continue to promote understanding of the proposal and to seek input as we:

  • work with Indigenous partners
  • meet with provincial and territorial governments
  • hold dedicated discussions with impacted stakeholders

Key areas for discussion

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

We are seeking 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 receive when 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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