Canada

CANADA ISSUES ADVERTISING WARNING

Canada posted an informational bulletin for licensed producers discussing the restrictions on cannabis advertisements and the corresponding penalty for non-compliance.  Canada's Food and Drug Act (FDA) prohibits advertisements for food or drugs as a treatment or cure for certain diseases published by the government.  In addition, labeling and advertisements must not produce a false impression as to the product's character, value, quantity, composition, merit or safety.  

Licensed producers should seek guidance from local counsel to ensure that advertisements and labeling comply with the FDA as penalties can range from $250,000 to $5,000,000, or to a term of imprisonment ranging from six months to two years, or to both.

Advertising Prohibitions on Cannabis - Information Bulletin
www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/licensed-producers/advertising-prohibitions-cannabis-information-bulletin.html


CANADA ISSUES IMPORT / EXPORT BULLETIN

Canada issued an informational bulletin on the import and export of marijuana by licensed producers.  The bulletin indicates that licensed producers may import or export marijuana in very limited circumstances such as importing starting materials or exporting a unique strain for research purposes.  Licensed producers will not be able to export cannabis to foreign markets where recreational use is legal.

Licensed producers that are seeking to import or export marijuana must file an application.  When determining whether to grant the application, the Canadian government will consider several factors including Canada's obligations under international treaties; whether it is consistent with applicable regulations; whether the receiving country has issued an import permit; and the risks to public safety.

Import and Export of Marijuana by Licensed Producers - Information Bulletin
www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/licensed-producers/policies-directives-guidance-information-bulletins/import-export-cannabis-licensed-producers-information-bulletin.html

ONTARIO CANNABIS STORE PICKS SUPPLIERS

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) has announced that it will be ready to open its online store doors on October 17 for home delivery.  OCS entered into supply agreements with 26 licensed producers to provide cannabis products including the following companies.

  • 7ACRES/The Supreme Cannabis Company

  • AgMedica Bioscience Inc.

  • Aphria Inc.

  • Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc.

  • Beleave Kannabis Corp.

  • Broken Coast Cannabis Ltd.

  • CannTrust Inc.

  • Canopy Growth Corporation

  • Emblem Cannabis Corporation

  • HEXO Operations Inc.

  • Hiku Brands Company Ltd.

  • Maricann Inc.

  • MedReleaf Corp.

  • Natural MedCo Ltd.

  • Northern Green Canada Inc.