No legal cannabis edibles on the market
NLC cannabis enforcement building its presence
“We’re establishing memorandums of understanding and information sharing agreements, but in the interim we’re working very diligently together to ensure that we can disrupt this (black market) business as much as we possibly can.” Sean Ryan Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation vice-president of regulatory services
Edible cannabis products — anything from gummies to cannabis-infused honey — are not yet legal in Newfoundland and Labrador, but illicit products are always popping up. Some are being picked up by the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC) in cannabis-related enforcement efforts, as well as in joint law enforcement efforts.
Regulations for edibles come into effect this fall, with the legal products expected to begin rolling out about mid-December. But even when those products are available, the cannabis gummies and “medicated krisps” seized and displayed in the drugs-on-the-table press conference in St. John’s on Thursday will still be illegal.
The only legal edibles will be products certified by federal and provincial authorities, and sold through Cannabis NL or a licensed retailer.
Sean Ryan, Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation vice-president of regulatory services, drove home the fact legal cannabis edibles will, first of all, have a different look than much of what has been seized by NLC officers over the last few months.
“In terms of the style of packaging, you’ll see some of the packaging (internationally and in the illicit market) is very, very ornate, very colourful, these types of things, whereas in Canada it would be very benign, strict regulations and packaging pursuant to federal regulations,” he said.
NLC enforcement officers will continue to target illicit edible products, the same as with illegal marijuana.
Less than a year since the NLC was given an enforcement role with cannabis and legal marijuana came on the scene, Ryan said enforcement has reached full steam, with four search warrants since June and about $1.2 million in products seized between June and present.
Ryan mentioned four search warrants but “a lot more than just four” cannabis-related investigations also involving the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and Canada Post.
“We’re establishing memorandums of understanding and information sharing agreements, but in the interim we’re working very diligently together to ensure that we can disrupt this (black market) business as much as we possibly can,” he said.
Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation vice-president of regulatory services Sean Ryan says four search warrants since June have been part of the corporation’s broader enforcement efforts on cannabis.
Bags of marijuana labelled by variety — “purple kush,” “pink bubba,” etc. — were stacked on two, long tables at a press conference at the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation office on O’Leary Avenue in St. John’s on Thursday. The tables also held cannabis edibles and concentrates. A third table held mainly electronics and cash, also seized in enforcement efforts.