By Bobinec, Greg on February 1, 2020.
As of Dec. 16, 2019, cannabis edibles were made available for Canada, but because of logistics and product quality check, they were delayed on the release until the new year.
Into the final weeks of January, people were expected to see a new variety of edible products hitting the shelves, with more product variety coming in the near future. With 42 different licensed producers in Alberta, half of them are expected to be releasing their line of edibles to the 386 licensed cannabis providers across the province.
“It will take a little bit of time for all of the stores to get product on the shelf, depending on when they ordered it and delivery times, but beginning this week, retailers were able to start ordering products,” Heather Holmen, spokesperson for AGLC, said recently. “We do know that there will be very few products available at the onset, but of course product selection and quantities will increase with time as the licensed producers manufacture more of the edible products.”
On Oct. 17, 2019, cannabis producers across the country were able to submit their first round of ideas for edible products they would like to produce, and as of Dec. 16, 2019, they were able to release them to retail outlets. However, with each province setting its own regulations, many provinces such as Alberta pushed it back to the new year to understand and figure out how they would like to regulate edibles.
One of Canada’s and Alberta’s largest cannabis producers is Aurora Cannabis, which has jumped fully into the edible market as its had its product line ready to go before the new year. With products such as gummies and vapes being released, people could expect to see unique products such as caramel chocolate truffles, and mints hitting the shelves by the end of the month, with many other products in the future.
“We were ready to ship nationwide on Dec. 17, and we’re confident we’ll be among the first in the market. While our initial lunch is focused on gummies, vapes, chocolates and mints, our next wave of available new formats will include cookies and PAX vapes, followed by concentrates like resin, shatter and sugar wax,” says Aurora Cannabis in a statement.
In October 2018, cannabis became legal across the country, and in Alberta AGLC says it has been an interesting experience with many obstacles along the way. With a few decades under their belt with regulating substances in the province, AGLC says their model used on previous substances such as alcohol has helped guide them in releasing and regulating cannabis products.
“It has been good, certainly it is a brand new industry and there is some lessons learned along the way,” says Holmen. “I think all things considered, with AGLC we do have a strong history of regulatory experience behind us, because prior to the legalization of cannabis, we had been the sole regulator of gaming and liquor industries in Alberta for more than 25 years, and in liquor, which was once upon a time a prohibited commodity, that set us up for a model that would work in terms of introducing legal cannabis into Alberta.”
Albertans should begin to see a new range of cannabis products in stores, from gummies and candies, to soda pops and specialty chocolates, with many more ideas developed every day in the emerging market of cannabis.
Always remember to use cannabis products safely and to consult your doctor if you are on medications that could be impacted with the use of cannabis. If you are concerned about using cannabis products with or without the impact of prescription drugs, call the Medical & Herbal Advice Line at 1-800-332-1414 for confidential advice on how other drugs can interact with cannabis.
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