Co-op Framework & Advocacy Agenda Released
We could not think of a better day to release the Report on our just-completed provincial consultation process to establish a co-op for BC's small cannabis producers, processors and retailers.
In addition to a series of recommendations for the federal and provincial governments to consider over the coming weeks, the draft discussion paper includes a governance framework and next steps to incorporate a craft cannabis co-op that delivers a sustainable alternative to the illicit market, maintains BC’s position as an international marketplace leader and ensures medical and recreational consumers across Canada and the globe have access to the highest quality BC cannabis possible.
After six weeks of community meetings and public engagement, it is clear that without a significant change in approach by the federal government, British Columbia’s globally recognized craft cannabis sector is at risk, and may not survive legalization. This is the key conclusion of the Report. Here is a link to the News Release.
Everyone agrees the inclusion of small cannabis farmers is vital to the success of Canada's legalization policy - which we celebrate today with millions of other Canadians. Unfortunately, at this first post-legalization 4/20, barely a handful have survived the federal government's application process.
This needs to change or BC will lose our international competitive cannabis advantage.
Based on the results of our consultation, most see establishing a BC craft cannabis co-op as a significant part of the solution. But, it is also clear that without leadership from the federal and provincial government, we are just blowing smoke when it comes to establishing a diverse marketplace and supporting the economies of rural BC communities.
We want to thank everyone who attended our community co-op meetings and representatives of the BC government who took time to meet with us. We look forward to continuing the dialogue in the next phase of the project.
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