Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
On May 29, the BC Chamber of Commerce passed a motion, called Distribution Fairness for Craft Producers and Retailers (DFCPR), that supported BC’s hundreds (if not thousands) of craft cannabis growers.
The motion called on the provincial government to help the little guys that built BC Bud into the world-renowned brand it is today, instead of selling out the industry to the corporate LP’s, which is the path we seem to be going down.
The motion was introduced by the Kimberley and Columbia Valley Chambers of Commerce, and as Kimberley Chamber Manager Mike Guarnery said,“We are not trying to talk about issues of impairment or enforcement, we are only advocating for fair business access and distribution”.
The BC Chamber of Commerce’s biggest issues: Micro licenses and Distribution
The biggest issues are over licensing micro-cultivators and distribution.
Tania Jackett, the director of the Cannabis Growers of Canada, has previously told CLN that a microgrow “should be defined as a privately funded business without government subsidies, and that should be the difference between micro grows and large, publicly-traded licensed producers. I think micro grows should be allowed to grow to the size needed to fill their customer base.”
Other growers think that the government’s proposed 200 sq. meter maximum is too small, which you may remember Health Canada infamously comparing to the size of a hockey rink when the size restrictions were first proposed.