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Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages”

The federal government today released the results of its public consultation on the legalization of pot and revealed its proposals for how the product will be packaged and regulated. We are taking a public health approach to legalizing and regulating cannabis, and we are committed to keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth.

Mr. Battley said the goal of legalization of cannabis is to remove illegal producers and sellers from the market, which will reduce consumption among underage Canadians, who will not be able to buy it legally.

The Trudeau government's proposals include restrictions on the colour of packaging and the depiction of branding, requirements for mandatory warning labels and a ban on packaging created to appeal to young people.

Health Canada is calling for packaging of cannabis products that is child-resistant, opaque, without any graphics or images, and all in one uniform colour. If that additional element is a slogan, the lettering can't be bigger than the font of the health warning, while any logo must be the same size or smaller as the standardized cannabis symbol.

"To meet the Government's commitment of bringing the proposed Cannabis Act into force in a timely manner, final regulations would need to be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, as soon as possible following Royal Assent", the document said.

The federal government has suggested that the minimum age of use would be 18 but, similar to laws on the sale of alcohol and tobacco, the legislation leaves room for each province or territory to raise the age limit.

A list of the 14 proposed health warnings that must appear on packages of cannabis.

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

The federal government says it's proposing plain packaging and labelling rules for selling recreational cannabis in Canada, and it gave a taste of what those packages might look like Monday: bland.

Tilray, headquartered in Toronto with production facilities in British Columbia, has signed a binding letter of intent with the Quebec-based affiliate of Sandoz International GmbH, part of global health care company Novartis.

Those Health Canada labels including warnings about the risks regarding pregnancy, addiction, mental health, youth, and operating machinery or driving while under the influence of cannabis. Canadians will also be allowed to create cannabis products like edibles at home for personal use, as long as they don't require the use of "dangerous organic solvents" to make them.

The report released by Health Canada elaborates on two important elements of the draft regulations for cannabis, which include the requirements for packaging and labeling of products and micro-scale licenses.

The proposed rules also outline how the federal government would regulate micro-cultivators and micro-processors.

Micro-cultivators would be allowed to grow marijuana with a plant canopy of 200 square metres, which Health Canada described as equivalent to half the space between the blue lines on a standard Canadian hockey rink.



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