The countdown is on for legalized recreational cannabis in Canada — but not all types of products will be legal on day one.
To help educate Canadians, Lift & Co. has created a guide to the cannabis products that will be legal to purchase and consume starting Oct. 17, year two, and beyond:
Year one of legal cannabis
Starting Oct. 17, 2018, adults of legal age (18 or 19, depending on the province or territory) can possess and consume recreational dried or fresh cannabis flower (including pre-rolled joints), cannabis oil (including softgels, capsules, and elixir sprays) and seeds or plants for home cultivation. Whether purchased in store or online, cannabis must be sourced from government-licensed retailers. A few things to note:
- The personal possession limit is 30 grams dried cannabis (or its equivalent in fresh, liquid, edible, concentrate, or seed form) in a public place.
- Travellers will be allowed to take up to 30 grams of cannabis on domestic flights. However, it’s currently illegal and will remain illegal to take any amount of cannabis across Canada’s international borders.
- Federal law sets the growing limit at four cannabis plants per household (not per person). However, Manitoba and Quebec have banned home growing. In New Brunswick, both indoor and outdoor plants must be kept in a separate, locked space. In British Columbia, plants must be kept out of public view. If a home is used as a daycare, growing is banned completely.
- Cannabis oil products have THC concentration limit of 30 grams per millilitre.
Year two of legal cannabis
Regulations for commercially-produced edibles, beverages, concentrates, vape pens, oral sprays and tinctures are currently under review by Health Canada. This means these products will not be legal on Oct. 17, 2018. An amendment to the Cannabis Act allows for the sale of edibles and concentrates “no later than 12 months” after legalization, which would be Oct. 17, 2019. Health Canada is reviewing regulations that “address unique public health and safety risks associated with these classes of cannabis.”
In the meantime, adults can use legally obtained cannabis to make edibles, beverages or concentrates (such as rosin) at home for personal use, as long as organic solvents aren’t used in the process.
It’s pure speculation at this point and will depend on the regulation rollout for edibles, beverages, concentrates, tinctures, and oral sprays in year two. But companies and entrepreneurs dreaming up cannabis-infused concoctions can look to the array of lifestyle products available in legal U.S. markets like California, Oregon, Colorado and Washington for inspiration, including beauty products, lotions and massage oils, toothpaste, candles, coffee pods and pet products.