If you were hoping to surprise your pot-loving friends with some next-level cannabis-infused beer or chocolates this holiday season, you might have to hold off until the new year. Even though Canadian edibles officially become legal to buy on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019, three of the country’s largest provinces won’t have a single product available until January.
According to CBC, Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta, all run their own distribution systems, which prevents producers from shipping directly to retailers and regulators.
The strict policies in all three provinces have delayed cannabis 2.0 products from becoming available this month, so it looks like you’re going to have to tell your friends that they won’t be getting stoned this Christmas.
"We just want to give the industry time to adapt to these new regulations," explained Fabrice Giguère, spokesperson for the provincial retailer Société québécoise du cannabis, about the ongoing situation. "It's possible that we won't have any products on Jan. 1."
Bloomberg reported that only a handful of cannabis companies would have edibles available next week.
Aurora Cannabis Inc. will have gummies for sale in a variety of flavours such as pineapple and blue raspberry, packaged with five pieces at 2 milligrams of THC each.
The company will also be selling caramels and chocolates, chocolate truffles, mints, and cookies, all with varying amounts of THC.
Meanwhile, Canopy Growth will be selling a lineup of infused beverages, which range from 2 milligrams of THC and CBD to 10 milligrams of THC.
It will also sell three different chocolate bars with each square containing at least 2 milligrams of THC.
Back in October, licensed producers began submitting their edible and other cannabis products to Health Canada.
Those products were subjected to a 60- to 90-day approval and procurement process.
While it may be hard to get your hands on some before Christmas, the new year does look promising.