Cannabis Legalization in Canada: Status Update

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As of October 17, 2018, Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational cannabis.

Currently, Canada is in the midst of the transition period before the Cannabis Act comes into full force, with provinces and cities across Canada preparing for this day. But what about edibles and infused beverages? Not so fast. Sale of these goods will be permitted within 12 months following the Cannabis Act coming into force which is sometime in 2019. The Government of Canada is taking more time to develop and implement regulations for these goods. Child safety, food safety and dosing standards are just some of the complex issues that need to be considered.  Not to mention public education. There is a lot of misinformation and lack of knowledge about cannabis.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) v. Cannabidiol (CBD)

The cannabis plant contains numerous chemical substances, over 100 of which are cannabinoids. The two most well-known cannabinoids are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC is known for its psychoactive properties and producing a “high”. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and does not produce a “high”.

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