Why must Canadian cannabis be packaged in child-proof containers, but not Alcohol/Tobacco?

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The Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Regulations lay out a set of guidelines that regulate the packaging requirements for Cannabis distribution in the country. Among the more basic and expected requirements of branding and warning labels, it states that all Cannabis products be sold in child-proof containers.

In the case of edibles, this makes perfect sense. A child could come across a number of edibles, and quickly consume extremely high levels of THC. However, this child-proof packaging rule also applies to raw flower being sold.

In the case of Tobacco, a single cigarette if eaten could deliver a dangerous amount of Nicotine to a child. There is also no barrier to prevent a child from smoking a cigarette either, as they are sold in an already smokable form.

With alcohol, a child could also easily consume dangerous levels of alcohol from a sweet beverage.

However in the case of raw cannabis flower, consuming it directly has no psychoactive effect, as no heat has been provided to decarboxylate the cannabinoids. Furthermore, raw flower is not directly in a smokable form, implying that a child-proof container would stop a child, but the act of grinding and rolling the flower into a smokable form would not.

Has any valid reason ever been given for why the child-proof packaging requirements still apply in cases like this?

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