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.

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Premiers say Ottawa must deal with cannabis supply, attract producers to legal market and beef up enforcement of illegal sales

Ashley Keenan, The Growth Op

While progress is being made on the cannabis file, Canada’s premiers are calling on Ottawa to take bolder action to meet the demand for safe products, reduce illegal market activity and ensure provinces don’t continue to lose money.

This meeting of minds follows the recently wrapped get-together in Saskatoon, Sask. from July 9 to 11. On the docket of the Council of Federation Summer meeting was a discussion of the successes and shortcomings of cannabis legalization since last October.

The federal government, which is responsible for licensing cannabis producers, was urged to quickly address the ongoing inadequacy of cannabis supply. The supply issue affects the ability for provinces and territories to meet the demand for safe products and reduce illegal market activity, notes a press release issued by the Government of Saskatchewan following the meeting.

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B.C. craft cannabis co-op returns to Kelowna for input on governing rules

Micheal Rodriguez, Kelowna Capital News

Kelowna residents are welcome to give input at the second community engagement meeting to establish the parameters of a B.C. craft cannabis co-op.

Grow Tech Labs will host the roundtable meeting at 1:30 p.m. on July 17 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center.

The draft co-op rules reflect feedback from the first round of consultation that took place this spring.

“To be effective, a B.C. craft cannabis co-op’s governance structure needs to reflect the interests of all potential members,” said Grow Tech Labs’ CEO Barinder Rasode.

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Freeing craft cannabis from 'grey market' worth $3 billion to B.C: report

Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun

Health Canada rules for micro-cultivation of recreational cannabis have kept most of the pot sold in B.C. — and the expert growers who made B.C. bud a global brand — locked up in the grey market, industry leaders say.

Licensing just 15 per cent of B.C.’s 6,000 grey market craft cannabis growers and raising production caps could legitimize nearly $3 billion in cannabis sales in two years, according to an analysis by the cannabis business accelerator Grow Tech Labs.

The cost of entering the regulated market, combined with tight limits on capacity, conspire to create a business model that isn’t viable for growers currently working in the unregulated market, said CEO Barinder Rasode, a former Surrey city councillor.

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