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2019-02-22 08:43 ET - In the News

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The National Post reports in its Friday, Feb. 22, edition that Canada's proposed edible pot regulations would result in tasteless products wrapped in wasteful packaging, shutting out medical patients and fuelling a continued black market, critics say. A Canadian Press dispatch to the Post reports that the consultation period on the proposed rules ended Wednesday and Health Canada is now reviewing the responses. Jessika Villano, owner of Buddha Barn dispensary in Vancouver, says: "I don't feel like anybody's been listening. I feel a little bit deflated." Health Canada released its proposed regulations for edibles, extracts and topicals in December and asked for feedback. The government plans to have regulations in place for those products no later than Oct. 17 this year. Ms. Villano said she is concerned about a number of elements of the proposed regulations. A single serving would be limited to 10 milligrams of THC and each serving must be individually wrapped. Ms. Villano said the regulations would outlaw higher-dose products and any substitute would be unattainably expensive. The regulations also say the products must not be appealing to youth and the packages cannot advertise dessert or confectionery flavours.

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