Cannabis is going to go legal in Canada this summer, which will free up a lot of people to buy and sell marijuana as they please, but the country’s Senate was told last week that their new regulations have a glaring problem. The laws will permit transactions involving cannabis flower and oil, but not other cannabis products or extracts, and this could leave a big business opportunity for elicit manufacturers.
“If the government’s mandate is to stamp out the black market, they need to allow for vaporization and concentrates as soon as possible,” Josh Campbell, president of the cannabis company doist, told the Senate’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science, and Technology.
“We were in the Senate advocating that if the government’s mandate is to stamp out the black market, they need to allow for vaporization and concentrates as soon as possible,” Campbell told Leafly. “Our push would be to do that on day one, and allow Health Canada to set up the regulatory framework.”
Doist makes and distributes cannabis pens in California but won’t have much luck selling them north of the border. Extract products like his won’t be legal in Canada for at least a year, with no set date for legalization after that.
“I think the longer it takes the legislation to actually take effect, the longer the black market will proliferate. You can walk down any street in Toronto and get vape pens, concentrates, edibles, and all kinds of interesting things that are not proposed to be allowed until next summer.”
The new cannabis laws will go live in Canada in a few months. Until then, nothing is set in stone, so it’s possible that Campbell’s plea will be heard by lawmakers.
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