Victoria – The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is inviting licensed cannabis producers to participate in a product call for new products that are due to be legalized later this year.
The product call is an opportunity for licensed producers to identify their interest and ability to supply the LDB with edibles, beverages, topicals and extracts, and other products included within the soon-to-be legalized non-medical cannabis product categories.
Products selected will be available to wholesale customers throughout the province in both licensed private retailers and government-run BC Cannabis Stores.
The product call will open at 9 a.m. (Pacific time) on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, and will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Submission documents are available to licensed producers at: https://www.bccannabiswholesale.com/pages/our-licensed-producers.
New federal regulations come into force on Oct. 17, 2019. However, licensed processors must provide Health Canada with notice at least 60 days before making a new cannabis product available for sale. Consequently, edibles, topicals and extracts will not be available for retail sale until late December. It will take time before a full suite of products in the three new classes will be available. Consumers should expect that, initially, there will be a limited selection, with further new products appearing gradually in legal stores.
The LDB contributes over $1.1 billion annually to the Province of British Columbia, providing funding for services like health care and education.
FYI: An overview of the final Health Canada regulations for edibles, topicals and extracts is available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/resources/regulations-edible-cannabis-extracts-topicals.html