Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Cannabis edibles, extracts & topicals are now legal

The Chatham-Kent Police Service are urging people to educate themselves, after edible cannabis became legal across Canada this week.

Federal officials say on October 17, 2019, the production and sale of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals became legal across the country under the Cannabis Act, by:

– Provincial and territorial retailers

– Federally licensed sellers of cannabis for medical purposes

“It will take time before the new cannabis products become available for purchase,” Federal officials say.

“Adults should only expect a limited selection to appear gradually, in physical or online stores, and no earlier than mid-December 2019. It will take more time before a full range of products becomes available.”

Police officials say education is key.

“As of (Thursday), cannabis edibles, extracts & topicals may be lawfully produced & sold,” police officials said on social media.

“It is anticipated that they will not be available for legal purchase until mid December. Educate yourself now about responsible & legal use. Don’t drive high.”

Federal officials say these products are subject to strict regulations, to address their unique public health and safety risks.

The Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation recommended that the Government of Canada permit the legal sale of these products once regulatory controls were in place, officials added.

Federal officials say giving adults legal access to a broader range of cannabis products will help to achieve the Government’s objectives of:

Displacing the illegal market

– Keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime

For more details about cannabis in Canada, click here.

For more information about cannabis from the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, click here.

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