Among the regulatory proposals mentioned in the paper discussed above, the first focuses on a system of licensing that has been designed to allow small-scale companies to partake in different activities in the industry.
Thus far, there were only standard licenses issued exclusively to large-scale growers who were able to meet the existing requirements set out by ACMPR. Now, the situation is going to change, as the proposal has outlined a new category of licenses, reserved for small-scale cultivators and processors.
So, in other words, the cannabis micro-cultivation license would allow smaller producers to grow cannabis and distribute it to provincial resellers or large-scale cultivators who will then sell it to the public or to other cannabis producers.
Actually, the cannabis micro-cultivation licenses fall into three categories:
Regular: this type of a cannabis micro-cultivation license applies to all subjects who want to grow and harvest material from those plants.
Nursery: the nursery program has been introduced to authorize the growing of cannabis plants in order to produce the starting material, namely seeds and seedlings.
Industrial hemp: it would authorize small-scale farmers to grow industrial hemp plants, i.e. those with 0.3% THC or less.
Now, let’s take a look at the anticipated production standards. Besides the standard processing – which would authorize the large-scale processing (packaging and labeling) of cannabis to the intra-industry sale of these products as well as to consumers – the government introduced the micro-processing framework for aspiring producers.
Micro-processing would enable small-scale companies to manufacture, package, label, and sell cannabis products to consumers and to provincially authorized distributors; this would apply to both the medical and recreational use of marijuana.