BC Pilot Program Helps Unlicensed Growers Get Cannabis Licenses

BC试点方案帮助无证种植者获得大麻许可证

2021-12-29 00:30:08 Ganjapreneur

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In an effort to slow down unregulated market cannabis sales, officials in British Columbia, Canada have started helping unlicensed producers enter the legal market, the Canadian Press reports. The pilot program, which is based in the Central Kootenay region of B.C. and ended in July, helped illicit market growers interested in making the switch to legal sales with licensing, marketing plans, and security, the report says. The province said in a press release the pilot program helped 53 unlicensed cultivators, but only 13 received licenses, while 62 jobs were created or moved from the illicit market. Abra Brynne of the Kootenay Cannabis Economic Development Council said high insurance rates and other economic factors make it difficult to convince unlicensed cultivators to make the transition to the legal market. She said the pilot program saw successes but that there is “a heck of a long way for things to go.” B.C. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said in an interview with the Press that less restrictive regulations could help encourage more underground growers to join the legal industry, noting the short time adult-use cannabis has been legal in Canada. “It’s still very much a work in progress three years in,” he said. Farnworth added that he has heard many individuals are frustrated with the difficulties in getting cannabis to market and from retailers who are unhappy with security measures like frosted glass in their storefronts. Farnworth pointed to a program expected this spring, called Farm Gate, which would allow producers to have a retail store on their property and deliver directly to retail stores. He thinks this would help unlicensed operators who want to go legal and craft growers alike. “We’re trying to work with the industry (and) identify some of the challenges we can deal with,” he said. Todd Veri, president of the Kootenay Outdoor Producer Co-Op, however, believes the B.C. government has backed “the wrong horse,” pointing to the enormous amount of time and effort it has taken his group, and other legal applicants like him, to navigate the provincial and Health Canada regulations. Despite his criticism of the provincial government’s partnership with illicit cannabis producers, he does agree with Farnworth that allowing farms to sell directly to retailers would help craft growers, the report says. Get daily news insights in your inbox. Subscribe End Authored By: Lukas is a freelance writer and medical cannabis activist who lives in Tacoma. When he’s not writing about cannabis or working to bring a better medical cannabis system to Washington, he likes to DJ, play adaptive sports and volunteer in his Tacoma community. He supports national legalization and the opening up of the medical cannabis market in all 50 states.
据加拿大媒体报道,为了减缓不受监管的市场大麻销售,加拿大不列颠哥伦比亚省的官员已经开始帮助未经许可的生产者进入合法市场。该报告称,该试点项目位于不列颠哥伦比亚省中部的库特奈地区,于7月结束,帮助有兴趣转向合法销售的非法市场种植者获得许可、营销计划和安全。 该省在一份新闻稿中表示,该试点项目帮助了53名无证耕种者,但只有13人获得了许可证,而62个工作岗位被创造或从非法市场转移。 库特奈大麻经济发展委员会的阿布拉·布兰说,高保险费率和其他经济因素使得很难说服无证种植者向合法市场过渡。她说,试点项目取得了成功,但“还有很长的路要走。” B.C.副检察长迈克·法恩沃思(Mike Farnworth)在接受媒体采访时表示,限制较少的法规可能有助于鼓励更多地下种植者加入合法行业,并指出成人使用大麻在加拿大合法的时间很短。 “这仍然是一项三年来正在进行的工作,”他说。 法恩沃思补充说,他听说许多人对大麻上市的困难感到沮丧,零售商对店面的毛玻璃等安全措施感到不满。法恩沃思指出,今年春天预计将有一个名为农场之门的项目,该项目将允许生产者在他们的财产上有一个零售店,并直接向零售店交货。他认为这将有助于那些想要合法经营的无证经营者和手工种植者。 “我们正试图与该行业合作,并确定我们可以应对的一些挑战,”他说。 然而,库特奈户外制片人合作社的总裁托德·维里(Todd Veri)认为,不列颠哥伦比亚省政府支持了“一匹错误的马”,他指出,他的团队和其他像他一样的合法申请人花了大量的时间和精力来遵守省和加拿大卫生部的法规。报告称,尽管他批评省政府与非法大麻生产商的合作关系,但他确实同意法恩沃思的观点,即允许农场直接向零售商销售将有助于工艺品种植者。 在收件箱中获取每日新闻见解。订阅 结束 作者: 卢卡斯是一名自由作家和医用大麻活动家,住在塔科马。当他不写大麻或努力将更好的医用大麻系统带到华盛顿时,他喜欢在他的塔科马社区做DJ、适应性运动和志愿者。他支持全国合法化和在所有50个州开放医用大麻市场。

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