Craft cannabis growers seek role in COVID recovery

  • A newly-incorporated craft cannabis co-operative is putting forward a plan to make small-scale, independent cannabis businesses part of B.C.’s post-pandemic economic recovery.
  • When it announced its incorporation in late April, the BC Craft Farmer Co-Op (BCCFC) said one of its first initiatives would be to draft an economic development proposal for the provincial and federal governments to outline how the co-op can support B.C.’s economic recovery post-COVID 19 by creating thousands of jobs and diverting profits from the illicit market.
  • The proposal calls for regulatory changes and the establishment of a business development partnership.
  • When the Kootenay initiative was launched, Andrea Wilkey, the executive director of Community Futures Central Kootenay, said it would help ensure that local entrepreneurs have the support they need to navigate the complex regulatory system and create a sustainable cannabis business.
  • The other aspect of business development would be getting access to markets.

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