Ottawa is a place for small-scale producers of cannabis

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The canadian minister of Health, Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, responds to journalists ‘ questions about the rules surrounding the production and distribution of cannabis.

The parameters of the legalization of marijuana is clear. Ottawa wants to open the legal market to the producers of the cannabis craft, that allow minor offenders to join the industry. The Trudeau government gave in to the other hand from the field to the big players in the current medical market, which will be able to display their brand name on their products.


It is the set of rules for the production and distribution of the future legal market for cannabis recreation that was unveiled Tuesday by the federal government. His proposal of a legal framework will be the subject of consultations by the end of January. But Ottawa has detailed what he had planned for several sections of legalization that still remained outstanding.


Canadians will be able to, starting in July 2018, buy joints pre-rolled or cartridges of vapoteuse, which will contain a maximum of one gram of dried cannabis. The capsules of cannabis oil will not be able to count more than 10 mg of THC. The packages in which several products will not exceed 30 grams — is the possession limit allowed by federal law.

The government does not impose a maximum concentration of THC. “There are natural limits to plant “, which does not exceed 30 % of THC, however, have advanced officials during a briefing on the federal plan.


If the committee responsible for providing advice to Ottawa for the legalization of marijuana had suggested to impose plain packaging for the products, the government has not followed this recommendation. It intends to mark the color or the size of the font used, but the producers and processors of cannabis will be able to display their brand name and their product to stand out from the offer on the black market. The producers licensed by Health Canada to supply the market of medical marijuana had made the request. Adam Greenblatt, Canopy Growth, was delighted Tuesday. Ottawa intends to still require plain packaging without brand, product — for products of the tobacco.


The packaging of cannabis must be in opaque, child-resistant, and itemize the THC content of the product, in addition to displaying the warning ” keep out of reach of children “.


Micro-producers sought


The federal government promises to also open the door to small-scale producers to ensure a diversity of the market. It will create different categories of business licence in reserving for micro-producers and micro-processors, for which the rules will be relaxed.


A micro-generator will not, for example, to ensure that “physical barriers” to protect its facilities and its production, and restrict access to staff who need it. The largest producers of “standard” will see them as their security rules are somewhat relaxed, because the federal government does dictate more details of the measures to be put in place (size of the vault in bank, height of fences, etc). They will, however, still protect the access to their facilities, have an alarm system and surveillance cameras at all times, and maintain the video images for a year rather than the two years required currently. Ottawa has not yet established the criteria that battle micro-producers of the largest.


The outdoor production will be permitted for all. Each one will have to obtain a permit for processing and/or sale, otherwise sell its products to companies of processing and/or sale.


The rules remain strict for a micro-producer, who will still invest millions of dollars if it wants to join the legal market, we predict within the industry.


The minister of Health, Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, insisted that she wanted to give small and medium-sized enterprises to integrate the market. “The safety of Canadians is our primary concern, and we will not put in danger “, she, however, noted.


At the request of several activists for the legalization, Ottawa proposes to allow offenders accused of simple possession or small-scale production of marijuana to work in the industry.


The extraction of cannabinoids crops of hemp would also be allowed. Another demand of today’s producers, who were dissatisfied with having to throw away flowers and stems of their production to manufacture textiles, in particular. The commercial Alliance of canadian hemp estimates it is losing $ 50,000 per acre of hemp plantation, according to Adam Greenblatt, delighted to see the consumer market being open.


The Cannabis Association Canada has not wanted to comment on Tuesday, preferring to take the time to read the document federal 80 pages.


The néodémocrate Don Davies has criticised the government for conducting its consultations during the Holiday season, seven months of legalization provided.

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