Citing concern about VAPI, Quebec government sources told La Presse the Société Québécoise Du Cannabis (SQDC) will be prevented from selling vapeable extract products such as vape pens, effectively banning them in the province.
La Presse—In French
- Dr. Horacio Arruda, national director of public health for the provincial ministry of health and social services, issued a directive to the SQDC telling them not to sell vape products.
- The US Centres for Disease Control finally announced VAPI was linked to banned thickening agent Vitamin E Acetate (or “honey cut”), which will not be allowed in regulated Canadian products.
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- Quebec has been heading toward this ban since the July announcement that extracts with a THC concentration of greater than 30% would be prohibited. (Most illicit vape pens on the commercial market boast untested THC concentrations of 80% to 90%.)
The government will also delay the launch of edible products in the SQDC from December 16 to January 1, in order to sync the edibles launch with the new ban on cannabis consumption by adults 18 to 21. (The province banned sweetened edibles this summer along with the aforementioned extracts).
Montreal civil-rights lawyer Julius Grey plans to challenge the constitutionality of raising the REC age.
- After the law raising the age to 21 comes into force, a small number of SQDC employees between 18 and 21 will be allowed to sell cannabis but not consume it.
- The Workers Compensation Board of PEI dropped vaporizers from their medical coverage due to Health Canada warnings stemming from VAPI.