During Health Canada’s media call on new cannabis regulations last week, one reporter asked whether there was any possibility CBD might receive Natural Health Product (NHP) designation, making it possible for retailers outside the licensed cannabis sector to sell it. Health Canada officials said they would eventually be moving toward public consultations on the issue, but few expected such consultations would happen soon. To the suprise of many, they were announced this week. (They’re open to online comment until September 3.)
- At the heart of Health Canada’s consultation is a proposal for a new product designation: cannabis health products (CHP), which would be put into effect no earlier than 2020.
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- Sales of CHPs would be controlled by the provinces, rather than Ottawa, and CHPs could be sold over the counter in pharmacies and pet stores. Because the products would be classified under the Food and Drugs Act rather than the Cannabis Act, producers would have the right to make some health claims.
- Here’s a quick list of things any Canadian can demand from their MP in support of MED patients, courtesy of lawyer and MED-rights advocate Trina Fraser.
- A survey found 45% of employers want to see MED covered by health benefits plans.