A place to find all documentS released by the co-op.
Regional Roundtable Meeting presentation
Leading up to the roundtable meetings, we have received feedback from small producers, processors and retailers online and at community meetings across the province about the business model and mandate of a proposed co-op for BC's craft cannabis community.
The roundtables were held in July as part of the second phase of the co-op’s development to provide progress updates and an opportunity for potential members to finalize the organization's membership, Board structure and equity raising options.
co-op rules (draft)
July 2, 2019
As part of the final phase of community engagement regarding the establishment of a BC craft cannabis co-op for small producers, processors and retailers, the draft copy of the co-op rules have been released for public review. The rules provide guidance on the establishment, governance and membership of the co-op, and were created to reflect feedback from the first round of consultation that took place this spring.
Economic Impact analysis (draft)
In association with ongoing work to establish a BC craft cannabis co-operative, Grow Tech Labs (GTL) today released an employment forecast that shows the craft cannabis industry in British Columbia and western Canada could create tens-of thousands of direct and indirect jobs and help achieve widely shared public safety goals related to organized crime.
discussion paper & advocacy agenda (Draft)
We could not think of a better day to release the Report on our just-completed provincial consultation process to establish a co-op for BC's small cannabis producers, processors and retailers.
In addition to a series of recommendations for the federal and provincial governments to consider over the coming weeks, the draft discussion paper includes a governance framework and next steps to incorporate a craft cannabis co-op that delivers a sustainable alternative to the illicit market, maintains BC’s position as an international marketplace leader and ensures medical and recreational consumers across Canada and the globe have access to the highest quality BC cannabis possible.
After six weeks of community meetings and public engagement, it is clear that without a significant change in approach by the federal government, British Columbia’s globally recognized craft cannabis sector is at risk, and may not survive legalization. This is the key conclusion of the Report. Here is a link to the News Release.
Everyone agrees the inclusion of small cannabis farmers is vital to the success of Canada's legalization policy - which we celebrate today with millions of other Canadians. Unfortunately, at this first post-legalization 4/20, barely a handful have survived the federal government's application process.
This needs to change or BC will lose our international competitive cannabis advantage.
Based on the results of our consultation, most see establishing a BC craft cannabis co-op as a significant part of the solution. But, it is also clear that without leadership from the federal and provincial government, we are just blowing smoke when it comes to establishing a diverse marketplace and supporting the economies of rural BC communities.
We want to thank everyone who attended our community co-op meetings and representatives of the BC government who took time to meet with us. We look forward to continuing the dialogue in the next phase of the project.