Article by Solomon Israel, The Leaf News
A virtual seminar aimed at cannabis growers who want to join the country’s legal market attracted about 700 people Thursday, Health Canada says.
A team of bureaucrats with the department that regulates the drug ran participants through the basics of applying for different types of licences during the 90-minute conference call, which focused on “micro-cultivation” and “micro-processing,” allowing cannabis production on a relatively small scale.
The micro licences were announced in November 2017, and include separate permits for growing and processing marijuana. They’re meant to provide a path for unlicensed growers to play by the government’s new rules and participate in the legal industry, even if they have some previous cannabis-related criminal history. Applicants must still pass security screenings co-ordinated by the RCMP.
“Our primary interest and focus is looking for individuals that have a history of serious criminal activity, connections to organized crime (and) serious financial crime,” Joanne Garrah, the director of licensing and security at Health Canada’s Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch, said on the conference call.