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Legal cannabis edibles to hit market by mid-December, Health Canada releases final regulations

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While the amended regulations will come into effect on October 17, Health Canada said it expects only a limited supply of the products—which include cannabis-infused drinks, food, beauty products and vape juice—to be available online and in stores no earlier than mid-December. (Financial Post)

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Talking point: Industry heavyweights have been lining up since cannabis was legalized in October 2018 to get in on the cannabis-edibles game. Since legalization, Canopy Growth has acquired a U.K. skincare company, a German vaporizer company, collaborated with Martha Stewart on a CBD lines of products and received a major investment from alcohol giant Constellation Brands. Tilray partnered with Anheuser-Busch in December 2018. Aurora Cannabis was the first producer to launch a vape-ready CBD oil in October. Some of the regulations in place have faced opposition from alcohol and cannabis companies: in April, 10 companies—including Molson Coors and led by Darrell Dexter, cannabis adviser and former Nova Scotia premier—formed the Cannabis Beverage Producers Alliance to influence changes to the government’s proposed regulations, such as letting cannabis beverage and food products be produced in the same facilities as non-cannabis products. That rule remained in the final regulations released by Health Canada on Friday.