COLUMN: Nelson Chamber of Commerce advocating for cannabis industry

Tom Thomson, Chamber of Commerce

The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce received unanimous support for our resolution designed to streamline the regulatory transition of the B.C. cannabis industry.

We need private cannabis retailers to move consumers to the regulated market. Provincial and federal regulations are impeding private retailers and cultivators — impacting both local economies. An opportunity exists to develop policy that will successfully regulate a significant portion of the cannabis industry in B.C., an achievement that would be a clear economic benefit for the province, even more impactful in the West Kootenay.

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B.C.’s small cannabis producers looking for inroads into the marketplace

Adam Donnelly, CFJC Today

This afternoon, representatives from GrowTech Labs held a meeting for parties interested in small-scale commercial cannabis production.

The event was an informational session, following up on some consultation they did in the spring. It was part of several meetings GrowTech Labs is holding across B.C., as they work towards helping interested growers start a co-operative cannabis growing venture.

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Craft pot growers unite in bid for greater voice

Steve MacNaull, the Daily Courier

We’re here to help small cannabis producers, processors and retailers transition to the legal cannabis space from what was often the illicit market,” said Natasha Kumari of Grow Tech Labs, which organized the roundtable.

“We want B.C. to be seen as a cannabis leader, and that can only happen if craft producers are part of the equation.”

Grow Tech Labs did a study that pegs the economic impact of small producers and processors at $5.8 billion a year and jobs at 40,000 across Western Canada.

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Health Canada Falls Behind on Licensing Micro Cultivators

Harrison Jordan, Leafly

In a November 2017 announcement, Health Canada detailed their intent to license small scale commercial cannabis cultivators and processors, saying that it hoped to “enable a diverse, competitive legal industry comprised of both large and small players in regions across the country.”

Now, nine months after companies were given the go ahead to apply for micro level licenses, Health Canada has issued just the second micro license while more than 100 companies have been authorized to cultivate and process cannabis under the standard license designation.

Read more at Leafly