Canada’s newest micro-cultivation licence holder, Joël Lacelle, said it took him nine months from application to the license he needed to get his company Hearst Organic Cannabis Products up and running.
- Though Lacelle didn’t hire consultants, the process still required roughly $700,000 investment—far more than the average legacy operator hoping to go legit may have on hand. But Lacelle tells other aspiring micro-growers, “”Start small. Start with what you have.”
- However, delays are still widespread and many feel Health Canada has failed to meet the needs of micro-cultivation applicants.
- BC Compassion Club Society–founder and longtime MED activist-turned-Canopy-executive Hilary Black said the lack of diversity in the cannabis sector was directly related to how fast the industry grew.
- Angry produce farmers in BC’s Delta region want cannabis growers to be forced onto areas in which soil quality is lower.
- Cannabis remains the substance Vancouver police seized most frequently, though they rarely charged anyone with simple possession of drugs (21 charges out of 5,000 drug seizures in 2018).