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Sylvain Charlebois: Edible cannabis rules fall far short

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Health Canada's regulatory framework on cannabis edibles will likely receive parliamentary approval and royal assent within weeks.

But the framework is not exactly what most had in mind a few years ago, when everyone thought the federal government was inviting all Canadians to an enormous festival, at an exciting venue playing great music, with lots of dancing and fun.

What we got instead is an invitation to some dingy bingo hall playing lousy music.

That may explain why Canadians are now much less enthusiastic about the whole deal.

But despite the industry wanting more leeway, this outcome was very predictable.

Barely anything has changed from the proposals introduced in December 2018, before the 60-day consulting process. More than 7,000 reports with recommendations were submitted, but Health Canada opted to overlook most.

According to the framework, edibles are a drug, not a food. This is essentially the rationale used to isolate edibles from everything – in manufacturing, retail and throughout the entire supply chain.

Rules are set by Health Canada and will be implemented and supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Despite having more........

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