It’s Cannabis Legalization Day in Canada, but Edibles Are Still Off Limits
Canada became the second country in the world to legalize cannabis on Oct. 17, but if you’re looking to celebrate by buying a few pot brownies, you’re out of luck. Although the sale of marijuana is technically now legal in Canada, the government needs more time to set regulations for edible products. Edibles will likely be on sale within a year, but no specific date has been set.
If you live in Quebec, then your prospects of getting an edible in the future are even grimmer. A few months ago, a representative for the provincial ministry of health and social services told Eater that the province must first conduct “extensive analysis” on the health impact of edibles before green-lighting sales. It’s also possible that once edible sales are permitted, there will be additional restrictions, such as limiting sales to Société Québécoise du Cannabis stores. Making matters worse for Quebecois eager for their edibles, Quebec’s new government has a strict stance on marijuana. Quebec already announced its intent to ban cannabis from public places and raise the consumption age from 18 to 21. (The legal age is 19 in most provinces.)
Dedicated edible fans, however, will no doubt find some innovative loopholes. You can always legally purchase weed at stores and then bake your own edible goods at home — so long as you aren’t selling them, of course. Then there are the weed-themed dinners and supper clubs (disguised as “private” events”) popping up in Vancouver.
For the rest of the edible-curious crowd, you’ll just have to wait.