National Newswatch

Canadians should expect a small initial supply of cannabis edibles when they become legal in mid-December, and the limited range of products won’t include goodies that might appeal to kids, government officials say.

Health Canada released new regulations on cannabis edibles, beverages, topicals and extracts today — products that will be on the legal market as early as mid-December.

Officials say the regulations — which include strict packaging and labelling requirements — are designed to limit the appeal of cannabis products and reduce the risk of food-borne illness or over-consumption.

The products will require child-resistant and child-proof packaging, and products must not “be appealing to youth.”

Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair, the Liberal government’s point man on the cannabis legalization file, said safety was top of mind when the government drafted the regulations.

“I’ve heard from the industry and people say, ‘You know, we could make more money if you did this or relaxed these regulations.’ But quite frankly, that’s not our motivation,” he said during an event in Coquitlam, B.C. Friday.

“Our motivation is, and will always be, to protect our kids, pr

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