In June, Canadian cannabis industry regulators published their final rules regarding THC limits for cannabis edibles, extracts, and topicals. The rules, which are set to take effect in October, leave a lot to be desired. That is especially true for cannabis edibles, which have a limit of 10 mg of THC per package.
To put that number into perspective, the state of Oregon permits 50 mg of THC per edible package for adult-use cannabis products, and 100 mg of THC per edible package for medical cannabis products.
Prominent Canadian attorney John Conroy is reported to be preparing a court challenge to the new rules, as first reported by Georgia Straight:
In a phone interview with the Georgia Straight, John Conroy said the looming limits of 10 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per package of edible cannabis, 10 milligrams of THC per unit of cannabis extracts, and one gram per package of cannabis extracts fall far short of what’s required by some medicinal users.
The prospective case involves an unnamed mother of a young child who requires high-end extracts to treat multiple seizures.
“You’ve got kids with significant medical issues whose parents have got them medically approved for high-end concentrate extracts—and they still won’t be able to get them legally,” Conroy said. “So the government is once again failing to prevent the violation of the constitutional rights of medically approved patients.”
From the very beginning of the legal cannabis industry launching in Canada, and many parts of the United States, cannabis opponents and regulators have made a huge push to limit the amount of THC that a consumer or patient can purchase.
A lower THC limit may be fine for new cannabis consumers that have a low tolerance, however, for even semi-regular cannabis users a 10 mg THC limit is unreasonably low, and as John Conroy points out in the linked-to article, it can be devastating for patients.
Incoming Canadian rules and going to be covered in depth at our upcoming International Cannabis Business Conference in Vancouver, B.C. September 15-16. John Conroy is a scheduled speaker and you will not want to miss out on hearing what he has to say.
Canada’s cannabis industry is at a critical juncture with a lot of moving parts and a shifting landscape. Join us in Vancouver later this month to learn about the vital, timely information that you need to know!
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