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“In the past, you could shop for a test until you get the result you needed,” said Rowland, who has worked with Canadian producers and retailers.
“Our margins of error, from what was acceptable, were enormous.”
This has evolved considerably since then in the United States and has never been the case in Canada, which has been governed by stricter national regulations, he said.
On the one hand, the 10 mg limit of THC in Canada for edible packaging is much lower than that of the United States.
Any recall or mislabelling of production in Canada, Rowland said, “is comparable in a relatively immature market.”
Maintaining appropriate levels of THC and CBD in cannabis-infused products and beverages, he said, is a challenge.
“That’s why with drinks you see a lot of delays (marketing),” Rowland said.
Mr. Jarbeau indicated that he would require licensed producers to rectify public quality complaints, but that “any follow-up action will be consistent with Health Canada’s compliance and enforcement policies and procedures.”