Canada loves to regulate things.
Yesterday Health Canada came out with its proposition for ‘additional cannabis products’ which include: edibles, drinks, a myriad of extracts and topicals.Some of the items on here are beyond perplexing and could greatly hinder the future of the industry if they get passed into law.
- No mixing of alcohol and cannabis in beverages
- No addition of vitamins or minerals in cannabis edibles or beverages
- A limit on amount of caffeine in cannabis beverages
- Topicals can’t be appealing to kids
- No elements allowed in beverages or edibles that would associate the product with alcoholic beverages or brands of alcohol
The wording of some of the propositions are vague and leave the door open to speculation. The most confusing and potentially harmful one being: No elements allowed in beverages or edibles that would associate the product with alcoholic beverages or brands of alcohol, which they have conveniently placed under the ‘other’ category.
At this point these new propositions are not law, but should be taken seriously nonetheless. They open up the door to questions around alcohol companies and their ability to partner with cannabis companies as we have seen with Canopy (CGC) and Constellation Brands (STZ) as well as HEXO (HEXO) and Molson (TAP).
The proposition also leaves the potential supplement industry in limbo as well. Those who were thinking of combining cannabis with health products, nootropics or any kind of diet program may also face an uphill battle if these propositions come into law.
With the US states being more lenient on regulations it would not be surprising if these propositions potentially hinder Canadian companies in getting big investments.