Cannabis amendments by health canada in 2024


Latest Proposed Cannabis Amendments by Health Canada in 2024  

Health Canada has proposed a series of regulatory amendments aimed at streamlining various requirements related to cannabis cultivation, processing, and distribution. These changes, detailed in the June 8, 2024 issue of the Canada Gazette, Part I, are designed to reduce administrative burdens on the industry while maintaining safety and compliance standards. 

Here’s a breakdown of the key proposed changes 

  • Increasing the threshold for Micro Cultivation, Micro Processing and Nurseries: allowing for natural growth of the business without excessive licensing fees. 
  • Packaging Changes: including streamlining of information on labels, potential of transparent containers or cut-out windows for dried and fresh flower and seeds 
  • Changes to the total THC Limit for Edibles: allowing for multiple 10mg units individually packaged within an outer container.  
  • More Quality Assurance Support: Businesses can have “one or more” Quality Assurance Persons (QAPs) for increased flexibility. 
  • Boosting Cannabis Plant Breeding: Intra-industry sale of cannabis pollen will be allowed, facilitating genetic development. 
  • Digital Shift for Consumer Information: Printed documents will be replaced with online resources on Health Canada’s website. 
  • Simplified Import/Export Logistics: Businesses can use alternate ports of entry and exit, reducing administrative hurdles. 
  • Compliance Enforcement: License suspension for non-payment of fees or missing revenue statements ensures accountability. 
  • Clarification on Exempted Plant Parts: Derivatives from non-viable parts like seeds and stalks won’t require a processing license. 
  • Reduced Burden for Hemp Industry: THC testing and labeling requirements for non-viable hemp grain derivatives are proposed for removal. 

These amendments signal Health Canada’s commitment to a thriving cannabis sector balanced with public health safeguards. 

How does this impact businesses? 

  • Reduced Administrative Costs: Streamlined processes and fewer requirements mean potential cost savings. 
  • Enhanced Operational Flexibility: Businesses can adapt their quality assurance structure and leverage alternate import/export options. 
  • Focus on Innovation: Easier access to pollen fosters cannabis plant breeding and product development providing the public with greater options.  

What this means for you 

  • Staying informed about these changes allows for better preparation and adaptation for your cannabis business. 
  • The proposed amendments could create new opportunities for innovation and growth within the industry. 

Get Involved 

Health Canada is encouraging feedback from various industry sections as well as the public. To add your voice to the discussion, visit the consultation page. This consultation period will remain open until July 8, 2024, at 11:59pm EST.  

Next Steps 

If you are impacted by the latest Health Canada guidance or have any further questions, connect with a Cannabis Licensing Expert today. Please complete the form below to schedule your complimentary consultation session. We ensure that your business saves time and money while remaining compliant amidst changing cannabis regulations.  

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