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Health Canada to Start Testing Legal and Illegal Cannabis

By Leo Bear-McGuinness

Published: Jul 20, 2023   
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Health Canada will soon begin testing cannabis products from the legal and illegal markets.

The Canadian cannabis regulator says it will source the illicit products from law enforcement agencies “for comparative analysis.”

Products will be tested for THC and CBD levels, chemical and microbiological contaminants, and “specific analytes of interest”.

In a recent announcement, Health Canada said the initiative will “strengthen its ability to inform the public about health and safety risks associated with cannabis consumption.”

Summary reports are expected to be published once the data has been collected and interpreted. These reports will make no reference to product, brand, or license holder names.

“If the program identifies deficiencies with legal products they analyze, we’ll take appropriate compliance and enforcement actions to mitigate health and safety risks if necessary.”


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