British Columbia and Ontario are among the provinces in Canada with large adult-use marijuana markets. Precisely, cannabis wholesalers within these provinces have suspended orders of some products that contain one novel cannabinoid.
One notable wholesaler, Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), cited several cautions over potential health-related risks from Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
However, OCS chief operating officer Denny Palarchio told several licensed producers of cannabis via email that dried products with minimal levels of a spontaneously occurring cannabinoid like Delta-8 THC won’t be affected.
Additionally, Palarchio summarized in his email to registered cannabis producers that the OCS has been keeping a close eye on emerging concerns surrounding the Delta-8 THC cannabinoid within the United States, most notably the Food and Drug Administration’s public health warnings and state government efforts to either regulate or prohibit products that have such cannabinoid.
Meanwhile, BC Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB), the other major cannabis wholesaler based in British Columbia, mentioned through its spokesperson that under the federal Cannabis Act, products containing the Delta-8 THC cannabinoid do not fall within the meaning of tetrahydrocannabinol.
The BCLDB highlighted that its cannabis wholesale operations wouldn’t register or replenish any products as long as they contained Delta-8 THC.
Furthermore, the spokesperson for the British Columbia-based cannabis wholesaler clarified that the BCLDB has collaborated with its counterparts in the government to identify the next proper steps since details regarding Delta-8 THC and its public health impact are relatively new and emerging.