It’s a little odd the Licensed Producers would use a press release about cannabis advertising and branding to slam dispensaries and cannabis farmers.

Why? Why use this press release to refer to “Canada’s thriving illicit market” in a negative connotation?

I reached out to the licensed producer association, but have yet to receive an adequate response.

I have one simple question — what do they mean by illegal?

Are they referring to biker gangs and people connected with organized crime or are they lumping in an entire community of, basically, paper criminals?

The people who grow, sell and consume cannabis without the “proper” authority? (The same authority that first criminalized God’s medicinal herb only to turn around and legalize it according to their crony-capitalist standards.)

Are people like the Emery’s or the Jackett’s criminals? There are thousands of others in British Columbia and across the country in the same boat.

They might be illegal, but they aren’t violent. And all of them have expressed their interest in being part of the legal, regulated regime.

So when the LP press release says the proposed guidelines will ensure the “Licensed Producers can compete effectively with Canada’s thriving illicit market,” do they mean the violent gang-related market or are they including the people currently operating dispensaries and growing cannabis?

This isn’t an industry run by biker gangs, as a Simon Fraser University study has shown, 95% of the people in the illicit cannabis market aren’t connected with organized crime.

Judge Phelan, when ruling on the constitutionality of medical cannabis home-grows, said dispensaries are at the “heart of cannabis access.” He found no evidence of biker gangs or other violent, organized crime.

It’s pretty insulting to the entire BC Bud industry to label them illegal when they’re trying their best to be part of the legal, regulated market without bankrupting themselves as LPs.

The LP scheme isn’t without its flaws or criticisms. There are many reasons illicit cannabis producers and vendors are wary of putting all their time, money and energy into Health Canada’s application process.

And what about the recalls? Not all LP cannabis has been proven to be safe.

The press release says, “[T]he recommended guidelines allow legal, Licensed Producers of cannabis – small, medium, or large – to explain to adult consumers why the products they develop are better and safer than those offered by the illicit market.”

Suggesting that dispensaries are by definition unsafe because they don’t have federal regulations in place?

Could not the same be said about independent farmer’s markets across the nation?

Don’t touch that tomato! A federal bureaucrat from Health Canada hasn’t given the okay yet!

I’m honestly surprised they even went there, considering their problems with tainted medicine.

  • Turner Kayston

    The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition also had a good report on ridiculously overblown, ‘Organized Crime’ rhetoric.

    Perhaps this should be better known as ‘Unauthorized’ crime, where as the LP’s are, ‘Authorized’ crime…

    But the insanity doesn’t stop there…

    According the Canadian Criminal Code, 3 or more people doing something illegal is considered ‘organized crime’, so three kids selling comic books or even stamps, in front of their house are at risk for some very serious jail time!

    Offences Tending to Corrupt Morals (comic books):
    Section 163,2b:
    makes, prints, publishes, distributes, sells or has in his possession for the purpose of publication, distribution or circulation a crime comic.

    Trading Stamps:
    Section 427,1&2:
    427 (1) Every one who, by himself or his employee or agent, directly or indirectly issues, gives, sells or otherwise disposes of, or offers to issue, give, sell or otherwise dispose of trading stamps to a merchant or dealer in goods for use in his business is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.
    Marginal note:Giving to purchaser of goods

    427 (2) Every one who, being a merchant or dealer in goods, by himself or his employee or agent, directly or indirectly gives or in any way disposes of, or offers to give or in any way dispose of, trading stamps to a person who purchases goods from him is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

    And some other stupid ones that also exist today are:

    – Fraudulently pretending to practice witchcraft
    – Duelling
    – Spreading false news
    – Cannabis & Psilocybin (and psilocin)

    And some other ridiculous ones…

  • Alex710420

    Couldn’t agree more. Working in the “illegal” sector of cannabis in Canada, I can honestly say my motivation is to allow patients access to their medication in a timely and efficient manner, with a quality product, and I risk being arrested and charged for doing it. The government and LPs want to paint dispensaries as the bad guys, and yet Health Canada cannot provide their patients with the medication they need, in a convenient and cost effective way. No other medication provides relief from so many conditions, and yet pharmaceuticals are allowed to be sold on any street in Canada. However cannabis, which will be legal to be used recreationally, is going to be treated as if it’s as dangerous as Fentanyl. For the government it is nothing more than not only wanting a slice of the pie, but they want the plate it is served on too.

  • Lori

    The LP’s are lashing out at the Free Market because the government is going to seriously restrict their branding and advertising. The 420 community is colourful, vibrant, exciting and the packaging over the last few years has reflected this upbeat market. Amazing though how Lp’s call dispensary product harmful when they themselves are blasting plants with God knows what chemicals. To tell the Public LP weed is safer than Craft Cannabis is an outright lie. They will never keep up with recreational demand anyway so hopefully enough consumers will be educated by then as to who exactly is selling a safe, fair product……

  • Wizard6x9

    In both Canada and the USA the term “To Serve and Protect” means To Serve the Standing Government and to Protect it’s laws; nothing to do with you or I. 40 years ago the Justice Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau issued a standing order to the police across the Nation not to arrest people who were gay, as his government was going to erase it from the law books. He made it clear that federal prosecuting lawyers will have all charges dropped, so it is under the privilege of the PM’s office to issue an order like this before legislation, and once the Allard injunction is lifted, they become lawful, this will cost taxpayers tens of millions as the Government maliciously refused to regulate and license the dispensaries. His son is refusing to do this, which will allow Liberal insiders to cash in, big time.

    ** Chuck Rifici **, is currently the CFO of the Liberal Party of Canada.
    •founder and former CEO of Tweed

    ** Mark Zekulin **, CEO of Tweed
    •former senior adviser to former Ontario finance minister Dwight Duncan

    ** Norman Inkster **, Independent Director at Mettrum
    •former head of the RCMP

    ** Dr. Joshua Tepper **, Independent Director at Mettrum
    •formerly Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health , Senior Medical Officer for Health Canada,

    ** Tom Shipley **, Director of Quality Assurance, Tweed
    •formerly worked on toxicology research, while at Health Canada,

    ** Mike Harcourt **, Chairman of True Leaf Medicine Inc
    •former B.C. Premier

    ** Kash Heed **, strategic consultant with National Green BioMed
    •Former B.C. Solicitor General and former West Vancouver police chief

    ** Herb Dhaliwal **, Chairman, National Green BioMed
    •former Vancouver MP and federal cabinet minister.

    ** John Turner **, medicinal marijuana applicant in Ontario (With Kash Heed)
    •Former Prime Minister of Canada

    Mr. Belot, Board of Directors for Aurora
    •was a public servant in several ministries within the Ontario government

    ** Brian Wagner **, Company founder and CEO NHP Consulting (consults for prospective LP’s)
    •Brian was invited to play a strong role in Health Canada’s Program Advisory Committee

    ** Tim Humberstone **, ABcann Director / Senior Person in Charge
    •former twenty year member of the RCMP included roles in Municipal/Federal Drug Enforcement and with the Joint Forces Organized Crime Agency. Tim has also received extensive training by the RCMP in providing expert court opinion in the fields of cannabis trafficking and production techniques .

    ** Ivan Vrana **, founder of Aslan Ross Consulting / speaker mmpr summit
    •Previously Mr. Vrána worked for the Federal Government for over 15 years. He worked at the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, Finance Canada and in various senior policy positions at Health Canada. At Health Canada he was in charge of the team that developed the policy rationale which led to the implementation of the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.Mr. Vrána is also a regular Lecturer at both Carleton and Concordia universities and teaches a course that examines the internal communication tools governments use to development and implement public policy.

    ** Sandy Pratt **, Chief Financial Officer, Emerald Health
    •Worked at Deloitte ( auditing firm involved in the senate scandal), Vice President of Business Development and Executive Financial Officer of the Royal British Columbia Museum, a Crown corporation.

  • Contrarian

    To the thousands of honest, passionate, dedicated people, who for decades have created and defined our thriving Canadian cannabis culture and economy — albeit defined as ‘illegal’ by the newbies, the pretenders, the suits, the government/private/praetorian oligarchy cartel. Fellow warriors, outliers, we salute you! Let us stand strong and brave together! We have demonstrated our expertise and right to be included in this new regulated world. We will continue to thrive and deliver exception products and services to our fellow Canadians. We continue to preserve our culture, enhance our skills, prove our quality, expand our movement and ensure this incredible plant its rightful place as nature’s gift to humanity. Onward!