Where and when to find edibles in Canada for Christmas

Published Dec 22, 2019 12:21 p.m. ET
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Cannabis is legal in Canada, but eager consumers have been waiting for months to get their hands on some edibles. A product that until this past October, an entire year after federal marijuana legalization became official, was entirely banned for sale. Consumers could make their own version of the infused delights, but they were prohibited, which means that thousands of citizens have yet to try them out, only because of lack of access.

Alberta, Quebec and Ontario are some of the strictest provinces in the country, with their own sets of regulations and distribution systems. They are the only ones that force all cannabis goods to go through a government-sanctioned screening process, that takes time. However, the provinces that will have access to edibles are allowing producers to ship directly to each dispensary.

So far, three of the biggest provinces in Canada are experiencing delays that will keep cannabis edibles off store shelves until January at the earliest. Unfortunately, all Quebeckers, Ontarians, and Albertans will be forced to wait until early 2020 to purchase legal edibles, but they aren’t likely to be waiting alone, as it seems that it is mainly the Easterly provinces that are set to host edibles on dispensary shelves in time for Christmas.

What kinds of edibles will be available?

With all the complicated lingo used in the new laws surrounding edibles, it might be difficult to imagine what kind of future lies ahead, and what sorts of products will be available first for consumers to check out. Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom, as many of the most popular finger snack/food like THC gummies, weed brownies, and THC lollipops are just a few that are part of the official list of goods to roll out in Canada first.

You might not be able to find all of the edibles that you could have ever dream of, but there is sure to be a fair selection of cannabis-derived goods in those provinces that make it in time including beauty products, snacks, drinks, powders, capsules, and more.

When will edibles and other goods be available by each province?

Alberta
Albertans won’t get to see any kind of cannabis edibles until mid-late January 2020 at the very earliest.

Quebec
If you live in Quebec, your dispensary won’t be featuring edibles until New Years, and that’s only if they have successfully gotten the product shipment by that date.

Ontario
Ontarians will also have to wait a while, as they won’t be seeing edibles until well after Christmas, with late January currently set as the expected release date.

Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia dispensary locations are set to have edibles, and other cannabis-derived goods by December 23rd, though selection at first is expected to be incredibly limited.

New Brunswick
New Brunswick dispensary locations are receiving edibles and other products right now, and a few locations have even announced their availability.

British Columbia
This is the only province whose official representatives have been unwilling to comment on the status of the new products. Hence the reason why most experts are guessing that they won’t be making an appearance until early next year, long after Christmas.

Newfoundland and Labrador
So far, this province has been one of the first and only to already have some of the new cannabis products on dispensary shelves. Right now, the majority of them are THC gummies, but more are expected to hit the scene soon.

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