Marijuana Key Part of B.C. Economy, Advocates Say

Article by Jeff Bell, Times Colonist

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Marijuana could become more of an an economic engine in the province, says the B.C. Independent Cannabis Alliance.

That’s part of the message the group — linked to more than 400 independent businesses — will be taking to the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Victoria at the end of the month.

“The cannabis industry in British Columbia is estimated to be a multibillion-dollar industry,” spokesman Dieter MacPherson said Thursday.

“The Independent Cannabis Alliance wants to preserve the current cannabis economy and believes that the best way to do this is to allow current good actors from the illicit economy to be regulated, taxed and included.”

MacPherson said the right kinds of regulations could sustain thousands of jobs and create economic opportunity.

Jaclynn Pahota from Cannabis Growers of Canada said B.C. already has about 40,000 agricultural workers employed in the cannabis sector.

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