Whether you’ll be able to buy legal 2.0 products before Christmas depends where you live.
- Manitoba expects to have vape pens and edibles in stock in December, though a provincial spokesperson warned, “Shipping times and product availability will vary by supplier.”
Winnipeg Free Press
- Ontario will not have 2.0 products available before the new year, though Ontario Cannabis Store CEO Cal Bricker argued, “People are not going to have to fight for access to cannabis products as a result of some kind of shortage on the supply side on 2.0. I don’t see that happening. I think people learned a lot the first time around.”
- Quebec specifically chose to delay legalizing (a sharply limited array of) 2.0 products (not including vapes) until the new year, to harmonize the new products with the decision to raise the age of consumption to 21.
La Presse—In French
- British Columbia LPs and retailers aren’t sure whether they’ll have new products in stock before the new year, though the Globe‘s Jameson Berkow reported BC will stock 145 vape products, 11 “extracts for inhaling,” 54 edibles, 53 drinks, and 12 topicals.
Montreal Gazette, Twitter—Jameson Berkow
- Even if you do live in a province that will have 2.0 products for sale in 2019, don’t expect edibles in time for Christmas.
Many are coming into 2.0 as slowly as possible, as Tantalus Labs CEO Dan Sutton noted, saying “2.0 rollout will take the substantial part of 2020 for full deployment in new categories.”
Twitter—Dan Sutton, Bloomberg
Just in time for vape legalization, Alberta is redrafting its clean-air law to include vape products.
MJ Biz Daily
- In an atypical moment of common sense around vaping, British Columbia announced it would not apply its new 13% vape tax to dry-herb vaporizers.
- The industry has high hopes for vape products, in spite of the recent panic over vaping illness. Canopy VP communications Jordan Sinclair predicted vape products would comprise the “lion’s share” of the 2.0 profits.
On an ominous note, researchers in the US discovered that some terpenes added to extracts for vaping may turn toxic when heated.
- That follows on last week’s controversial news the US FDA does not consider CBD proven safe, which also worries Canadian insiders.