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Cannabis edibles not expected to hit shelves until December: City of Calgary

The City of Calgary expects cannabis edibles to be available for sale no earlier than mid-December this year.

It’s been nearly one year since cannabis became legal in Canada. Federal regulations allowing the legal sale of edibles, extracts and topicals will come into effect on October 17, 2019.

Those items include:

  • Cannabis edibles like candy, baked goods and beverages
  • Extracts for inhaling or ingesting
  • Topicals like ointments, oils or makeup for applying to skin, hair or nails

But the City says it will take time for products to be available for sale. 

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That’s because federally licensed producers must first get approval from Health Canada to produce the products. Once given the green light, distributors and retailers need to receive them. 

Federal regulations for cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals include restrictions on THC limits, strict rules for plain, child-resistant packaging, and labelling requirements. 

Cannabis products will be available through Alberta’s existing retail system at AlbertaCannabis.org or at a licensed cannabis retail store.

The City, however, is reminding Calgarians about the rules.

“As cannabis edibles become available, we’d like to remind Calgarians that in Calgary, cannabis may be consumed on private property or in designated festival/event areas in any form, including smoking, vaping or edibles,” Matt Zabloski, the City of Calgary’s project lead for the legalization of cannabis, said in a release.

“Consumption of non-medical cannabis is prohibited in any form in Calgary’s public places.”

Calgary’s cannabis regulations are based on feedback Calgarians submitted to the city back in 2017 and 2018. Overall, Zabloski says nine festivals and events applied to have Designated Cannabis Consumption Areas last summer. The feedback the city received was generally positive. For more information on Calgary’s regulations around cannabis, visit calgary.ca/cannabis.