Customers all around Canada are still basking in the glow of the legalization of recreational marijuana, however some aren’t so happy when it comes to the packaging, according to news reports.
One consumer said the box she purchased cannabis in was “huge,” and that it makes it appear the customer is getting much more than they actually do. A Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation cannabis outlet photo shared on social media revealed the amount of waste generated by what is considered by many to be a “green” product.
Mark Butler, policy director at the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax, said the consumer carries too much burden with all of the excess packaging. According to Butler, the environmental impact is the last thing on a company’s mind when developing a new product. The result is excess packaging, much of it not easily recycled. He said this is true across many sectors, not just the cannabis industry.
Health Canada sets the regulations on how cannabis products are packaged by companies according to the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, who said that products are already sealed when they arrive at the store.
Butler said while some consumers feel the product is more difficult to access due to excessive packaging, he believes companies might make a greater effort to minimize packaging if there were incentives put in place. A few consumers believe the heavy amount of packaging makes the product safer, however the general consensus is that it’s just too much.
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