Make friends with your local cannabis retailer, folks. As of Jan. 3, Ontario weed stores are permitted to place orders for the first vaporizer and edibles products from the Ontario Cannabis Store, the province’s wholesaler. Orders will be coming to stores as early as next week, and online orders at OCS.ca. kick off January 16.
At a press conference at the OCS office in Toronto, officials showed off a sampling from approximately 60 new vape pen and edibles products coming to the regulated market. There will be about 15 brands available from about 12 licensed cultivators in the first wave.
“This is a great example of a collaboration between industry, regulatory bodies and government agencies to really unleash innovation in helping us combat the black market,” said David Lobo, vice-president of corporate affairs at OCS, told reporters. Supply will likely sell out in the first week, similar to the first week of dry herb sales after legalizing, but more products will gradually be added to the initial line-up.
Here are some more details about what’s in store… imminently, anyway:
There will be at least one $16 chocolate bar
While OCS officials were tight-lipped as to what the prices would be for the products on display, they said infused chocolate bars and gummy candies will start at $7.50 and will go as high as $16 — for a chocolate bar with a maximum of 10 mg of THC.
That better be some good chocolate.
Drinks, again limited to 10 mg of THC, won’t arrive to stores until late February or early March, and will cost about $4 to $5 each. But there is one tea, Haven St. No. 550 Rise Tea Bag that will be on offer.
Foray brand by Dosecann will have dark chocolate bars, and chocolate squares in salted caramel and vanilla chai milk chocolate flavours. Tokyo Smoke will have two chocolate products: Go Dark Milk Chocolate and Pause Dark Milk Chocolate.
In the wild world of government regulated gummy candy, you’ll see peach-mango, pineapple-orange, raspberry-vanilla, apple-green tea and grapefruit-hibiscus soft chews under the Foray and Kolab brands.
Aurora Drift brand is bringing soft baked chocolate cookies, peppermint hard candies and sea salt and caramel milk chocolate to Ontario cannabis consumers.
Ontario’s first regulated vape pens and cartridges
There are far more vape pens and cartridges than edibles coming to the Ontario market next week, each packed with concentrates derived from some of the more popular dried cannabis strains already on the market. Disposable pens will cost between $20 to $80. Cartridges and refillable pen products will be priced between $29 and $139.
San Rafael ’71 will have Pink Kush and Tangerine Dream disposable pens and 510 thread cartridges. Spinach by Peace Naturals will have White Widow, Original GC and Rockstar Kush 510 cartridges, and Cove will have Revive, Reflect and Rest 510 Cartridges.
People who have visited legal states in the U.S. may recognize Dosist brand vape pens in Ontario stores. Each pen contains a blend of cannabinoids and terpenes, and has a name like Bliss, Calm, Rest, Soothe and Arouse. Solei Balance disposable pens will also be available, and Aurora’s blended offerings include a sativa and an indica blend. Kolab has added a CBD pen to its initial line, which also includes a sativa and indica blend.
And some brands have opted to combine strains — a salad, if you will! Look for RIFF’s Grand Daddy Purps x Sour Kush disposable pen and Jean Guy x Super Lemon Haze combo pens.
Still to come: Topicals and drinks
This is just the first batch of Cannabis 2.0 products, with plenty more to come in the vape and edibles world. But consumers who are excited for topical creams and/or infused drinks will have to wait even longer, warned Kevin Lam, director of merchandising at the OCS.
Cannabis-infused topical creams and ointments, used for beauty and pain relief, likely won’t come to market until February or March, he said, but beverages will likely come a little earlier than that.
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Written by Kate Robertson