Cannabis edibles are available for sale in Canada but you won’t find any of the legal products on store shelves in Alberta, Ontario or Quebec until the new year.
The reason being is because the three provinces run their own distribution systems rather than allowing producers to shop directly to retailers. Edibles include anything from beverages, gummies and baked goods along with topical oils and balms that can be used through the skin for pain relief.
The industry was hoping these products would attract customers who smoke marijuana but a line of regulatory issues has delayed the process.
A year after Canada legalized recreational marijuana, regulations governing the new products came into effect on Oct. 17. Companies had to give a 60 day notice before they could start selling. For example, Canopy Growth Corp has said most of its products won’t be available until January, while Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s products will be released over the first quarter of 2020.
Alberta will have products in store shelves in mid-January. The province has the most retail stores with 373, including contracts with 42 cannabis producers and about half of them anticipate offering new products. In mid-January, edible cannabis products will be available for sale at Alberta cannabis.org. For the time being, you can legally buy edibles in other provinces including Manitoba where items should hit stores this week.
Nova Scotia expects to have a small amount of new products in stores on Dec. 23, while online ordering won’t be available until Jan. 6.
New Brunswick will start receiving limited shipments of new products over the next few days.
Quebec is aiming for a New Year’s Day roll out of products on store shelves, while new products should hit store shelves on Jan. 6.