New cannabis regulations a mixed blessing for small growers

Geralyn Wichers, Manitoba Co-Operator

Craft cannabis growers have a lot to offer rural communities, but new Health Canada regulations may be a mixed blessing, experts say.

In May, Health Canada announced that those applying for licenses to grow cannabis must have a fully built site meeting all cannabis regulations. In the announcement, Health Canada cited the changes would address the wait time for licensing.

Why it matters: Developing an industry of small cannabis growers has the potential to create new economic opportunities for rural communities.

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Plans for a BC craft cannabis co-op are moving forward

Sharon Vanhouwe, My Coast Now

“We’ve incorporated it into our development of the Co-op. So, what we are doing is the second phase of the consultation and that is going to provide potential members an opportunity to have their input on the finalized framework like membership categories, membership termination, investment structure, membership fee.”

The next round of consultations will be held in early July and will include locations on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

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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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BC Bud Producers Say New Regulations Will Weed Out Small Growers

Braela Kwan, The Tyee

Thanks to a recent change in Health Canada rules, B.C.’s small cannabis farmers may have to spend up to $2 million each to meet federal regulations before they can even think of applying for a government licence.

The new rules, announced by Health Canada May 8, require all new applicants — regardless of size — for licences to cultivate, process or sell cannabis to have a site fully compliant with federal regulations at the time of their application.

The regulatory change shocked cannabis growers already burdened with the complexities of legalization.

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Smaller California marijuana farmers form co-ops to save on costs, compete with large growers

Bart Schaneman, Marijuana Business Daily

As corporate cultivation operations in California continue to expand, small cannabis growers in the Golden State are banding together to develop cooperatives in an attempt to gain a competitive edge against their large-scale rivals.

Co-ops present pros and cons for smaller marijuana growers. But those who are making the move point to these factors:

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