Craft growers and advocates are pushing Health Canada to speed up the process of licensing micro-cultivators. To date, Health Canada has received 219 applications and approved 25.
- Trina Fraser said provinces need strategies to bring their micros’ products to market through micro-friendly procurement procedures at provincial distributors and commitments from those distributors to honour exclusive supply deals between processors and retailers.
A grower told Vancouver Island’s Islands Agricultural Show how Sea Dog Farm got an outdoor micro-cultivation license in roughly eight months for less than $15,000. That speaker’s slide deck explains how you can do it too.
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- At the same Agricultural Show, Health Canada representative Jacqueline Oddi said the regulator is developing a security-preclearance program that prospective licencees could complete prior to application. Such a move would be useful for every aspiring LP, but because the notorious wait for security-clearances is hardest for small companies to budget for, the change would be best for micro-level applicants.