Canadians might not see newly legal edibles for sale in time for Christmas

Published Oct 22, 2019 09:00 a.m. ET
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The first phase of marijuana legalization only allowed for a select few products to be carried by dispensaries across Canada, but now the date has come and gone for the official second wave, and absolutely nothing has changed. You would think that Canadians would be lining up at dispensaries everywhere to catch a taste of the latest legal cannabis products, but unfortunately, the reality is grim, and most consumers aren’t happy with being made to wait even longer for the ever-elusive goods.

Marijuana legalization 2.0

On October 17 2019, edibles and other concentrates like topicals, wax, BHO, vape juice and edibles officially became legal in Canada, but the federal government chose to introduce a new barrage of loopholes that made it impossible for any manufacturers, including the well-funded and best prepared to have products available on shelves for the date of legalization 2.0. The process to legally distribute edibles and other cannabis-infused goods in the country means that the official legal date is little more than an opening date for applicants.

The process

Right now, even the highest qualified and most trusted sources must apply to get their cannabis products in dispensaries, and doing so, comes with a waiting period of at least 3 weeks just for approval. That means that the applications were only made available to companies on October 17, 2019, and they need to be completed, paired with all the appropriate documents, and sent in for a response before the 3 weeks wait time begins. After the initial approval manufactures will also have to undergo rigorous testing for quality and labeling accuracy before they will be allowed for sale to the public, and so far there is no estimate as to how long that could take, but the experts are saying weeks to months at the very least.

While the average person might not be a mathematician, it doesn’t take a scientist to do simple addition, and with less than 2 months remaining before the biggest shopping season of the year, and a minimum of 6 weeks to wait for edibles and other highly sought after cannabis products. Chances are, there aren’t going to be any weed brownies or candy in stockings this year, and consumers will likely be waiting until well into 2020 before they see the very first options that the cannabis industry has to offer, and even longer for a decent or fair level of selection.

Is there any hope for edibles by Christmas?

There is no way to know for certain what might occur over the next couple of months, and it is entirely impossible that Canadians might find the odd product at their local cannabis dispensary before the holidays, but so far it’s looking like ingestible options are going to take the longest. The first goods that Canadians will see soon are topical options which are not intended for recreational consumption, which is unfortunate as so many Canadians are ready to put away the bottle for good in exchange for this healthier, all-natural and safer alternative. In the meantime, it never hurts to maintain hope or to be a voice that pushes for this essential change that so many consumers are waiting for.

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