Last June, Health Canada proposed introducing a new “Cannabis Health Product” (CHP) designation for non-intoxicating cannabis products, in order to allow the products to be sold outside REC retail. This week, Health Canada revealed it had received 1,100 responses to its public consultation on the CHP designation and discussed its next moves.
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- After publishing a summary of the feedback in coming weeks, Health Canada will strike an external scientific advisory committee (within months) to decide on the necessary amount of evidence to demand to prove CHP safety and efficacy.
- New regs will have to create a framework to bring to market legally cannabis products that make health claims and can be sold without physician permission.
- Under current law, cannabis is not allowed in Natural Health Products (NHPs, such as vitamins, and probiotics).
- Provinces would determined where CHPs could be legally sold.
- According to new data derived from cannabis consumption tracker Cannatrack, Canadian women consumed roughly as much cannabis as men in the first 50 weeks of legalization.
- With the largest selection in Canada, the Ontario Cannabis Store has more than 600 cannabis products for sale.