Cannabis edibles, extracts, and topicals will be on B.C. store shelves before New Year’s Eve

If you hate smoking weed, you can still get high legally to bring in 2020.

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If you hate smoking weed, you can still get high legally to bring in 2020.

That’s because the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch is distributing new categories of legal, nonmedical cannabis products.

The B.C. government-owned cannabis wholesaler and retailer has registered more than 260 edibles, extracts, and topicals. They became legal on October 17 but were only distributed this month.

They include beverages, tea bags, oils, powders, chocolates, cookies, soft chews, mints, vaporizers, cartridges, shatter, and hashish.

The first shipments arrived at the LDB on December 19. A small number will be on public and private store shelves in late December and in the first few months of 2020.

Among them are soft baked chocolate cookies for $11.99, sea salt and caramel milk chocolate for $7.99, and 64 percent cocoa dark chocolate for $7.99, all produced by Aurora Cannabis.

‘The addition of edibles, extracts and topicals represents the provincial government’s commitment to providing safe, regulated non-medical cannabis products to B.C. consumers,” LDB general manager and CEO Blain Lawson said in a B.C. government news release. “A lot of work has gone into procuring these products, and we look forward to working with our suppliers as they continue to introduce new products to market.”

They’re all being supplied by licensed producers.

Effective January 1, the provincial sales tax will increase from 7 percent to 20 percent on vaping substances and accessories used in vaping. Dry herb vaporizers will continue to be taxed at 7 percent, but all other vaping devices will also be taxed at 20 percent in the new year.

Charlie Smith

I'm the editor of the Georgia Straight newspaper in Vancouver, as well as a CannCentral contributor.

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