OPINION: A matter of survival: Federal changes needed to allow Canada’s craft cannabis industry to grow

Barinder Rasode, Grow Tech Labs

It was not supposed to happen this way. The federal government’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, released in late 2016, did a great job of consulting a variety of cannabis sector stakeholders, including small producers who have formed the backbone of Canada’s successful medical cannabis program since 2001. Citing the advantages of encouraging market diversity, the report recommended production controls that would create space for craft cannabis production and prevent the development of monopolies or large conglomerates.

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