Proposed new cannabis rules would open the way for Canada’s craft growers
For months they’ve been speaking out and lobbying. Now, if federal government proposals become law, Canada’s small craft producers of marijuana will get what they want: the ability to participate in the legal recreational market.
On November 21, 2017, Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced Canada’s Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis. The points covered in the Proposed Approach include: adding different types of licences that will make room for small producers; and easing security clearance rules and the on-site security requirements for small producers.
The Proposed Approach is welcome news to Liberty Leaf. Our aim is to build a seed-to-sale network of cultivators, processors and supply chain management. We have been actively seeking small, licensed growers and others with late-stage ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations) applications, such as North Road Ventures, acquired last year – as well as our recent acquisition of Just Kush Enterprises, a craft cannabis grower.
Health Canada proposes four different types of production licences: large-scale growers; micro-cultivation licences; nursery licences; and licences to grow low-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) industrial hemp.
Those licences and other regulation changes will cover all the bases, from cultivation, processing and research, to packaging, branding and distribution – and will fit very well with Liberty Leaf’s business model.
Here are other highlights of the Proposed Approach:
Security clearance changes mean that people who may not meet rigorous ACMPR standards would still be able to work in the cannabis industry. They might even be able to qualify for cultivation licences.
In other changes, it would be legal to produce edibles and other forms of extracts (e.g., hash, shatter and wax) for the consumer market, not just the edible oils permitted by ACMPR.
Packaging will be tightly controlled, as it is now for cigarettes, with strict rules for labelling, health information, tamper-proof packaging and a standardized cannabis symbol for labelling edible products. Within those rules, there will still be room for producers to produce distinct brands.
In short, the proposed new rules will broaden the cannabis playing field and enable a diverse mix of cannabis businesses to take part in the market.
Along with the announcement, Minister Taylor also declared a 60-day consultation period so the government could hear from Canadians, provinces and territories, municipalities, industry stakeholders, patients and more on its legalization plan. Take part in the consultation here.
- Full text of the Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis
- Georgia Straight article on licences for small growers of cannabis
- Global News story on craft cannabis growers’ fight for a legal role