Health Canada’s new grow-ready demand could squash entry of micros into the cannabis space

Angela Stelmakowich, The Growth Op

Health Canada’s newly instituted requirement to have a fully built and compliant site when applying for a cannabis licence may pour cold water on the explorer spirit and entrepreneurial drive of smaller entities looking to enter the market, promoting an unlevel playing field dominated by larger companies.

The change “definitely penalizes the small guy. It certainly only allows the bigger producers to have a further leg up,” says Vancouver-based Deepak Anand, CEO and co-founder of Materia Ventures, a global cannabis supply and distribution company.

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Kootenay cannabis growers join chorus of critics against Health Canada’s licensing process

John Boivin, Summerland Review

Changes to Health Canada rules announced Wednesday will likely make it harder for West Kootenay cannabis growers to go legal, say people in the industry and analysts.

“It makes it a little scarier,” says Dan, a micro-grower who didn’t want his last name used. “It’s definitely a deterrent.”

Health Canada announced it was changing the licensing requirements in a bid to speed up the process. There have been ongoing complaints by B.C. growers that the licensing process is opaque, expensive, and weighted to big producers.

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No growth: Canada's craft cannabis producers mired in red tape

Penny Daflos, CTV News

Six months after recreational cannabis became legal in Canada, only one company in the entire country holds a licence for craft production, but that’s not discouraging micro-producers from gearing up to enter the legal market.

CTV News Vancouver has learned that 120 companies have applied for micro-grow licences from Health Canada, with 18 rejected and only one green-lit somewhere in B.C.

The agency won’t name the approved producer, which transitioned its licence from a micro-cultivation medical licence. When asked to describe whether a certain stage of the approval process may be stalling applications, Health Canada wouldn’t specify.

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B.C. cannabis co-op says ‘significant’ changes in government regulations needed for craft industry to survive

BotaniQ Magazine

A co-op for small-scale cannabis companies in B.C. has released an advocacy document calling on the government to make “significant” changes to regulations, arguing without them the province’s craft cannabis industry won’t survive.

BC Small Cannabis Producers & Processors (BCSCPP) released its Framework & Advocacy Agenda on 4-20 (April 20), after embarking on consultation with cannabis producers both in-person and online.

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Craft cannabis co-op group releases report

Sean Eckford, Coastal Reporter

The resulting report, “Establishing a Craft Cannabis Co-Op for BC Producers, Processors and Retailers,” said there has been just a “trickle of applications” from the estimated 5,000 to 6,000 small producers across the province.

The report claims small producers have been “discouraged by very low production caps, significant up-front investment requirements, consulting fees, non-specific criteria, lack of municipal engagement and financing options.”

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