During the discussion on licences, it was nice to find out that Health Canada is leaving the door open for growers to well, grow, meaning they can upgrade their licence if their production increases in the future.
It’s also possible to hold multiple licences, but the one thing the government wants to avoid is gamesmanship in the licencing system.
Follow up: is there a way that grower can transition from micro to larger scale without shutting down? H[ealth]C[anada]: absolutely yes. Talked to @CraftCABC‘s Sarah about that yesterday. Don’t want to create incentives to stay small if people want to grow.
[Editor’s Note: in the tweets above, “HC” refers to Health Canada]
The Standard Cultivation Licence is for large scale producers such as the licensed producers who currently cultivate cannabis for the medicinal regime. The Micro-Cultivation Licence is meant for smaller producers- like Canada’s many craft cannabis growers.
For the Nursery Licence, one of the main intents is to increase the genetic diversity, as Kirk Tousaw’s tweet from the roundtable explains below:
…intent of nursery is to develop new strains with idea you will sell seeds/clones and within license category you can do R&D related to core activity so imagine and propose that is how you would address that issue but don’t want nursery to be de facto cultivator.
For Processing Licences, there are two options- a Standard Processing Licence and a Micro-Processing Licence- and it mostly focuses on the packaging, labeling, testing, and then making of products such as dried cannabis flower, fresh cannabis, and low potency THC oils.
.@KirkTousaw clarifies- Processing Licences
What does Processor License mean?
Processing in context of document- mostly about packaging, labeling, testing and then making products allowed- dried cannabis, fresh cannabis, low potency THC oils #cannabis@GovCanHealth
The size of micro-grows was another much-discussed topic, and suggestions for the maximum size ranged from 10,000-20,000 square feet.
Tanya from the Cannabis Growers of Canada was very concerned about the minimum size for micro-grows, saying that in some areas of BC it’s still prohibitively large. For more on that please see the CLN interview with Cannabis Growers of Canada’s leadership.
Health Canada realizes that what’s available in the legal regime is just not good enough- that the craft and micro-growers’ products and genetics are superior to that of the LP’s.
The genetic diversity in the “illicit” market is better than what you can get in the legal market, and the government knows this, but the issue is how can the government incorporate the ‘illegal’ diversity into the legal system?
Eric Costen, the director general of the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat, gave the government’s justification for the delay in legalizing cannabis edibles, saying that incorporating edibles into Canada’s food system was a huge regulatory challenge.
Costen points out that Canada has a very sophisticated and complex food regulatory system; incorporating #cannabis into that is a huge regulatory challenge. This is primary reason that edibles are a second-stage process but do want to have diversity using existing lawful products