Canada prepares for legal pot with new license class, strict labels

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s health regulator on Monday set out thresholds for a new class of cannabis cultivation and processing licenses, and outlined strict requirements for the packaging and labeling of recreational marijuana ahead of its legalization this year.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice Bill Blair, the Canadian government’s point man on the legalised marijuana file, speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 13, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

The proposals were published in a document released by Health Canada, taking into account feedback from a public comment period on new cannabis regulations. The final regulations will be published after the cannabis act is passed.

Canada, the first major industrialized country to legalize recreational pot nationally, wants to ensure that the industry is tightly regulated and the product remains out of the hands of people under 18, Bill Blair, parliamentary secretary to the Ministers of Justice and Health, said in a statement.

The proposal includes the introduction of new micro-cultivation and micro-processing licenses to enable small-scale producers to participate in the legal industry,…

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