The Government of Canada today announced the establishment of a licensing system that divides cannabis producers between “Standard” and “Micro” designations under the upcoming adult-use regulatory scheme.
The new licenses would allow smaller producers to cultivate cannabis and sell it to provincial resellers without having to go through some of the onerous visual monitoring and intrusion detection requirements that Standard cultivation license-holders would have to abide by.
In addition, cannabis producers could apply for “Nursery” designation, which means they would produce only seeds and seedlings. Producers could also apply to become a producer of industrial hemp, which is cannabis that contains less than 0.3% THC.
Up until now, medical cannabis producers under the country’s ACMPR (medical marijuana) system were only subject to one tier of licensing, with cultivation and sales licenses doled out for the production and sale of dried cannabis and cannabis oil.
A new set of license-types will be made available for intermediary processing of cannabis (such as cannabis oil producers), which would also be delineated between “Standard” and “Micro” licenses.