CGC Responds to CMCIA Calls for Violence Against Dispensary Owners

January 22, 2016, Vancouver, BC – The Cannabis Growers of Canada, an industry association representing the interests of over 35,000 cannabis growers under the old Medical Marihuana Access Regulations (MMAR), is condemning the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association (CMCIA) and its members for their baseless accusations and calls for violence against medical cannabis growers and dispensaries. The CMCIA is an association of companies licensed to grow cannabis under the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).

On March 21, 2014, a federal judge ruled that provisions in the MMPR were unconstitutional and would inflict “irreparable harm” upon approved patients relying on cannabis. As caretakers of these patients since the introduction of the MMAR back in 2001, the CGC finds the actions of CMCIA and its members unconscionable.

In the ruling, it was determined that the MMPR system was designed to raise the price of medicinal cannabis, imposing an additional cost to patients of $1.7 billion over ten years. Many of these patients are on fixed incomes and either grew their medicine themselves, or relied on an authorized MMAR grower.

These growers, over the last several decades, built the Canadian cannabis industry in to a global powerhouse. Universally recognized for its quality, Canadian cannabis as produced by these MMAR growers is sought after by patients and connoisseurs around the world. The CMCIA’s accusations that this cannabis is of poor quality and dangerous are simply without merit.

Patients and consumers have already decided that the cannabis produced by the MMPR licenced producers (“LP’s”) is severely lacking in quality.

One of the first LP’s, Prairie Plant Systems, irradiated its cannabis prior to shipping. The community found this practice to be unacceptable.

Shortly after the MMPR’s implementation on April 1, 2014 a number of new LP’s faced product recalls:

Further compounding the problems associated with the cannabis produced by LP’s is the fact that they are not allowed to use organic pesticides. Neem oil, favoured for pest control by CGC member growers, is a permitted substance in Canada’s Organic Products Regulations.

Given the above, cannabis produced by LP’s is clearly inferior to what is currently being sold at dispensaries. The CGC cannot recommend LP cannabis under present circumstances to any patient.

Sold to the public as a “free market in cannabis”, the MMPR turned out to be anything but. Over a thousand companies applied for licenses and most were instantly rejected. Hundreds more are now stuck in a regulatory limbo created by Health Canada that has many of these firms contemplating a class-action lawsuit against the government of Canada. One such company, CEN Biotech, even launched a USD $4.8 billion NAFTA claim due to its application being rejected. It should be noted however that CEN was facing accusations of misrepresenting itself to investors.

Such is the result of the MMPR, which encouraged corporate rent-seeking and bad behaviour.

None of this should be construed as any sort of opposition by the CGC to the commercialization of the cannabis industry, it is sorely needed. However the message of the CMCIA and its members is one of monopolization and exploitation, not product quality and certainly not public safety. The CGC will oppose all efforts to cartelize the cannabis industry.

Until the CMCIA and LP’s realize that a multi-billion dollar cannabis industry already exists, and that they’re newcomers to it who must prove their competence, they will continue to be perceived as outsiders and bad actors.

  • Bob Carter

    Yes
    finally some organization, and growers support, now CAMCD needs to step
    up and give notice to these Capitalist prick LP’s, they call us
    organized crime, LETS ORGANIZE NOW!!!!!

  • Joy Davies

    Please explain the “violence” that is reported here.

    • http://www.calebmcmillan.com Caleb

      The violence inherent in the state

  • Joy Davies

    Caleb: This should be explained in the article then as it appears that the organization committed violence. If it is not addressed appropriately then this is strictly hyperbole. There are enough legitimate issues with the systems that dis-information does harm to the cause, not benefit. Too many assumptions when you expect people to understand what you mean by “violence interest in the state”. That is meaningless and your organization looses credibility.

    • Ernest S. Chinaski

      The article clearly says “calls for” it’s not hyperbole because the police will show up with guns and forcibly shut down the business and arrest it’s owners. That’s pretty violence if you ask me. Are there enough “legitimate issues” with the system? Because it seems to me that every issue comes back to the fact that a single group of people (mostly white males) have a monopoly on the legitimate use of force in society. That’s need to change.

    • http://www.calebmcmillan.com Caleb

      Inherent, not “interest” as in the state apparatus is just the legitimate use of violence… what the other commenter said, pretty much.

    • Réal Guy

      Salutations,

      Either you happen to be the real Joy Davies or not i wished having such an opportunity to discuss the prompt rejection of Joy Davies by Liberals during the elections.

      QUESTION: By the way, may i invite comments on this article (and/or similar):

      Prenatal exposure to recreational drugs affects global motion perception in preschool children
      doi:10.1038/srep16921

      ??

      Anyway, i was under the impression the odd Liberal reaction in a “legalisation” context just sent a mixed political signal, one more on top of those other bizarre signals which Justin MiniPET Trudeau sent personnally while at TLMEP on SRC (French-speaking TV) – TWICE, for example. Hundreds of thousands of people saw the very same thing, except the interpretations still differed widely on traditional media… And it occured twice, what a disapointment it was! Each time cannabis issues were avoided in a not so friendly style, etc. Today it’s getting clear why.

      Most unfortunately i believe the “sunny” days will be those of Mini-Harper, actually, as our present government appears to currently broacast a bigot anti-cannabic prohibitionist image, again and strong, euh… M’well, i’m thinking of extraditions over “weed” sent via snail-mail, involving no weapons, no violence, not even any substances other than cannabis to support the “gateway drug” theory – at least that’s the aspects which retained my attention as i read.

      Apparently 2 guys (named Michael Woods and Gaetan Dinell) among a group of 13 persons were given a life sentence under these circumstances, which looks like a clear political message to me: this is aimed at nearly the same voters as those who voted for Harper before, i would suspect.

      So, my little finger starts wondering if it’s not going to be a year of record police bust lately. If yes then who’s accounting for the danger from being exposed to deadly fire-arms during an intense moment of crisis??… In the name of children.

      Etc…

      Sorry, i’m simply probing if i may. The news of these extradited cannabic martyrs just doesn’t sound right to me somehow. I’m nothing like an activist but i started to become curious about how this is echoed elsewhere, etc., etc!

      Good day, have fun!! 🙂