Article by Daily Hive,
British Columbia has long been known for producing world-class cannabis. In the wake of legalization, however, BC risks losing its foothold. The province is home to 14% of Canada’s population and over half of all medically-licensed producers populate the west coast.
Legalization has ushered in a new era of cultivation that is alienating the small producers who made Canadian cannabis famous in the first place.
“Craft cannabis is just getting started in the federal legal landscape but it’s behind,” said David Hurford, who worked for the federal Health Minister when Canada legalized cannabis and started regulating industrial hemp production and natural health products.
After years of working in policy for the government, Hurford became active within the Liberal Party of Canada as BC policy chair when the Party approved the legalization of cannabis in 2013. Until April 2018 he was Policy Chair for the Liberal Party of Canada.
More recently, Hurford is supporting the establishment of a BC Small Cannabis Producer and Processor Co-op with Grow Tech Labs and other stakeholder groups across BC.
“It’s very important that the small producers are brought in to the legal market,” said Hurford. “Many of them have been experts in their field, they are a significant asset to the industry and the country in terms of economic opportunity.”
Grow Tech Labs was founded in October 2018 as a Vancouver-based cannabis business accelerator that is backed by Victory Square Technologies. Hurford is one of GTL’s mentors, focusing on government relations.