Quebec Plans to Ban Cannabis Candy, Infused Chocolate and Topicals

As Canadians across the country eagerly await the legalization of marijuana edibles this fall, adults in Quebec may get left behind.

Quebec officials recently announced plans to impose bans on a number of cannabis edibles, including most sweet treats. Marijuana infused foods such as candy, chocolate, desserts and "any other product that is attractive to minors" will all be prohibited for appearing on dispensary shelves.

These rules don't mean that all edible cannabis products will be banned, but it certainly will limit the options available to consumers in Quebec.

The federal government of Canada has already laid out strict regulations around limiting the appeal of cannabis products to young people. Those measures include banning key products like cannabis infused gummy bears and requiring all cannabis products to be placed in plain packaging. However, the new Quebec regulations take things a step further by essentially banning all cannabis infused sweets.

This isn't the first time Quebec has moved to assert itself as one of Canada's strictest marijuana markets. The province previously tried to raise the minimum age to purchase cannabis from 18 to 21 (the legal age in most provinces is 19). Quebec has also banned residents from growing cannabis at home, and retailers can't sell any products that depict a pot leaf.

On top of banning cannabis-infused candy, Quebec is also prohibiting the use of any additives that are intended to change the smell, flavor or color of cannabis products. Meanwhile, topicals like cannabis-infused lotions and balms, which are set to become legal for sale at the same time edibles are, will also be wholly banned in Quebec "for the moment."

So if you've been looking forward to picking up a few cannabis cookies instead of going through the trouble of making them yourself, you're out of luck if you live in La Belle Province.

h/t: BNN Bloomberg


California may have been the first in the country to pioneer cannabis law reform, but the Golden State is still struggling to eliminate the black market and sell affordable, legal pot. In 1996, California voters passed Prop 215 to legalize medical marijuana. In the years immediately following its passage, medical cannabis was a small and largely unregulated affair.

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