There has been the release of a submission by the Canadian Health Food Association today to Health Canada’s consultation on Prospective Market for Cannabis Health Products which would not be requiring practitioner Oversight. At present, in Canada, cannabis regulations ban the sale of Cannabidiol without a physician’s subscription or outside of provincially regulated recreational cannabis retailers.
The president of Canadian Health Food Association, Helen Long passed a statement which said that while the Canadian Health Food Association is delighted to see the initiation of conversation by Health Canada on addressing this foremost gap in the cannabis regulatory regime, we are dissatisfied in, and do not agree with, a major proportion of the main parameters outlined within consultation document of Health Canada.
He added that Health Canada has given proposition of a pathway that would be maintaining the status quo, keeping the manufacturing, as well as, sales of all cannabis health products under the Cannabis Act and its Regulations. Considering Cannabidiol as a naturally occurring substance, there should be its regulation as a natural health product. We are doubtful that the suggested framework will be enabling businesses to fulfill the huge consumer demand for Cannabidiol health products, nor will it be displacing the rising illegal market for Cannabidiol health products.
Canadian Health Food Association has proposed a unique path forward. This pathway would be requiring aimed amendments to the Natural Health Products Regulations, the Industrial Hemp Regulations, and the Prescription Drug List to give permission of ingredients from industrial hemp to be extracted, manufactured, as well as, sold outside of the scope of the Cannabis Regulations. There will be then the permission of the use of these ingredients in natural health products under the Natural Health Products Regulations. Instead of duplicate Canada’s existing, world-class Natural Health Products regulatory system, it will be better consumers in Canada and the Canadian industry give permission of hemp-derived Cannabidiol in NHPs.