While cannabis was legalized last year on October 17th, it was just last month that Health Canada released the proposed rules and regulations surrounding the use, production, sale and packaging of cannabis edibles, beverages, concentrates and topicals.
These new products will become available by the end of this year. All products will have to follow the strict guidelines stated in the proposed rules and regulations, concerning the packaging, branding, labeling and other important features.
What are the Regulations Regarding Concentrate Packaging?
Before we discuss how these proposed regulations will affect the cannabis industry and the consumers, we need to go over some of the most important points companies need to stick to in order to stay within what’s legally allowed, yet still be able to find a way to stay ahead of their competition.
Although it might seem like a hard mission to accomplish, many companies are looking for smart solutions and ways to walk the thin line between what’s allowed and what isn’t in order to create a product that stands out.
So without further ado, let’s have a look at what some of those final proposed regulations look like when it comes to cannabis concentrates:
- Ingestible cannabis concentrates can have only up to 10 mg of THC per unit, or 1000 mg of THC per package
- Vape containers can also have up to 1000 mg of THC per package
- The product cannot have any added vitamins, caffeine, nicotine or alcohol
- The packaging must be child resistant and not appealing to youth
- The product must be packaged in plain packaging with a maximum package size of 90 mL for liquid concentrates and 7.5 g for solid concentrates
- The label must show the cannabis symbol, a health warning message, the THC/CBD content, an ingredient list, intended use and the product’s equivalency to dried cannabis flower
- The label cannot contain any additional information, like health claims and benefits of use
How Will These Regulations Affect Cannabis Producers and Consumers?
Although many have noted that the regulations surrounding the packaging, physical look and appeal of the product and many other restrictions are quite strict and not very clear, the Canadian Government has stated that their main goal is not making more profits and sales, but protecting the health and wellbeing of the citizens, which is why they feel that these strict regulations are necessary.
The Government of Canada has placed these strict regulations in an attempt to keep cannabis out of the hands of the youth and reduce any unwanted health risks.
One of the downsides to these strict regulations is the maximum amount of THC allowed, specifically in edibles, which is limited to 10 mg. Although the need for limiting the dose of THC available is quite reasonable, many find the amount to be very restrictive since a lot of users will need to buy more than one chocolate bar or cookie per session, which can be a big waste of packaging. Another issue that many producers have pointed out is the fact that there is a lot of excess packaging, which is difficult to recycle, since it’s mostly made out of a few different materials. Along with the limited doses of THC available per package, these are some of the main issues that will hopefully be addressed in the future.
Although the Canadian Government has placed very strict regulations in regards to packaging and product appeal, only time will tell how these regulations will evolve and change. In the future we may see a much bigger selection in the types of products available, as well as more diversity in the type of packaging and labeling of the products.