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Edibles previewed in Calgary ahead of 2020 release

Last Updated Dec 10, 2019 at 9:26 am MDT

Edibles are being previewed ahead of an anticipated 2020 release. (PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – With products like edibles, beverages, and vapes soon entering the legal cannabis market in Canada there’s a focus on maintaining consumer safety.

Cannabis industry stakeholders showcased new offerings at a downtown event Monday just a month before many of these products go on the shelf.

The event was hosted by Canopy Growth, which said the company will be controlling doses to prevent overconsumption.

“We know that two to two-and-a-half milligrams is a nice single serving of cannabis,” said director of innovation at Canopy Growth Paul Weaver. “Start low and go slow.”

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That covers the drinks and chocolates that’ll be offered, including cannabis-infused tonics or sparkling water, and chocolate with cocoa sourced from places all over the world.

Edibles, drinks, and vapes are being previewed ahead of an anticipated 2020 release. (PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

Weaver says their focus ahead of launching the edible products is making products are on the shelves and educating people on the difference between legal and illegal products.

And amid health concerns with vapes Canopy Chief Technology Officer Peter Popplewell says they have it covered.

“At the end of the day, you have to put your faith and trust in somebody,” he said, adding a blanket ban on vapes would just help the black market. And he says some issues are being overblown.

“It’s an unregulated space. You’ve got people who are producing vaporizers for the black market. Vitamin E is used as a stabilizer in a lot of foods that you eat and they were just assuming that if you can eat it you can put it in a vape.”

Stakeholders add they need to “do this right”, as they estimate there are some 5.5 million new cannabis consumers in Canada.