B.C. promises small-scale cannabis producers greater access to retailers and consumers

The province is also looking to give Indigenous producers in British Columbia a boost

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Health Canada–licensed small-scale cannabis producers in B.C. will soon have the option of delivering cannabis directly to licensed retailers. Photo by PierceHSmith/iStock/Getty Images Plus.

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Small-scale cannabis producers in British Columbia got some good news on Sunday (September 20). The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General sent out a press release stating that the province is developing new programs for cannabis producers. Through these programs, small-scale cannabis producers will gain greater access to local retailers and consumers.

For instance, Health Canada–licensed small-scale cannabis producers will soon have the option of delivering cannabis directly to licensed retailers. According to Mike Farnworth, the province sought input and recommendations from long-time cannabis growers, Indigenous leaders, and other stakeholders. Farnworth is British Columbia’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

“We’ve heard clearly how important these kinds of sales are for smaller cannabis producers trying to get a foothold in a market currently dominated by larger players,” Farnworth said. “Now more than ever, our government is committed to supporting B.C. businesses and encouraging people to buy local, and that includes creating conditions for cannabis businesses of all sizes to succeed.”

Farm-gate sales

According to the same press release, the province will also develop a farm-gate sales program. This will allow cannabis growers the ability to sell their products from “farm-gate” stores located at their production sites.

“These programs support government’s commitment to the development of a robust, diverse and sustainable legal cannabis economy in B.C., inclusive of rural and Indigenous communities, while prioritizing health and safety,” the releases states.

The targeted launch for both programs is 2022.

Indigenous shelf space

The province is also looking to give Indigenous producers in B.C. a boost. To that end, the Ministry of Attorney General’s Liquor Distribution Branch will launch an Indigenous Shelf Space Program.

The program, expected to start next year, will highlight products from Indigenous producers in BC Cannabis Stores. This will help consumers easily identify those products.

“These steps will help grow the legal cannabis industry in B.C. in an inclusive way,” said Attorney General David Eby. “By making it easier to know more about the product, those who choose to use cannabis can make careful decisions about what types of product they want to buy and what sectors of the industry they want to support.”

Williams Lake agreement

On Monday, the provincial government announced that it and the Williams LakeFirst Nation have entered into a government-to-government agreement under section 119 of the Cannabis Control Licensing Act.

According to a press release, the agreement supports WLFN’s interests in operating retail cannabis stores. These stores will “offer a diverse selection of cannabis products from licensed producers across Canada”. The agreement also supports a cannabis production operation that offers farm-gate sales of its own craft cannabis products.

“This is another important step in supporting economic development across B.C.,” said Eby said. For example, the AG said, the agreement will create jobs, boost the local economy, and help diversify B.C.’s cannabis industry.

Discussion


  • Nickie September 24, 2020 07:56 AM

    Good should of been done a longtime ago! Canadian all the way especially so the natives can make a living finally maybe without booze! Stay off Wetsuwetuns Unceded Territorys!

  • Dan September 25, 2020 04:19 AM

    They didn’t mention the fact they bill the grower a dollar a gram in advance . Every gram they produce . Extortion if I’ve ever seen it . On peoples medication.

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