Cannabis was legalized for adult recreational use in Canada on October 17th of 2018. Cured or dried cannabis flowers, cannabis oil, and capsules are currently the only legal products available. At least on the adult use recreational side of cannabis in Canada. The rest has yet to come. Or should I say the best has yet to come? By October 17th of 2019 which marks the first anniversary of cannabis legalization in Canada, it’s expected that more products will be legal and available for customers to purchase. The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) could add up to 17 new cannabis products to its current catalog upon approval. Other provinces should also do the same.
What Products You Can Expect
Just what kind of new products will be available is what consumers are asking. As of now, it looks like new laws will allow the sales concentrates, edibles, beverages, and topicals on the recreational cannabis market. Cannabis infused concentrates ranging from shatter to wax, rosin, and others will be available. This is along with cannabis-infused drinks like coffee, tea, and soft drinks which are all in-demand products. Many consumers will also be able to benefit from cannabis-infused edibles such as hard and soft candies, baked goods, chocolates, and more. Consumers find utilizing cannabis-infused edibles a great way to microdose with cannabis. Cannabis topicals such as creams, lotions, salves, and balms may also be available. The products are thought to help consumers who are looking to heal without the high.
Optimism and Doubts Run High
Many people are optimistic about the release of up to 17 new cannabis products for consumers. However, others have more reserved opinions. The Chief Executive Officer of Crowns Agency Rebecca Brown believes that adding so many new products to the market could potentially cause a total reset of an already sluggish start to recreational cannabis in Canada. Apparently either this many options would create long lines and a frantic shortage of products as seen when legalization rolled out in Canada or Rebecca Brown has little faith in Canada’s ability to keep product on store shelves and stocked by provincial suppliers. Let’s just hope Canada did something about that 10 mg cap on edibles or otherwise there probably will be issues.