Wayne Stetski, member of parliament for Kootenay-Columbia has recently expressed his worries for the future of small-time cannabis growers in his district.
The representative of Kootenay-Columbia in Parliament of Canada, Wayne Stetski, claims that the legislation in place goes largely in favor of large corporations.
He is worried that the current system will be too hard for small-time cannabis farmers to work with, as well as everyone else who doesn’t have a large amount of initial funding or plans on growing plants only outdoors.
“It seems to me to favor large corporations and potentially leave the little person out and I don’t think that’s right,” said Stetski.”I just find it really unfortunate that the little person is left out of the equation going forward when they want to, in essence, get a good business opportunity going and help local communities.”
Stetski claims that amateur cannabis growers are completely overlooked by the cannabis plan set up by Health Canada, as applying for a growing license requires growers to have a certain level of funding and facilities already in place.
The Kootenay representative also said that the way Health Canada’s policy is set up, it only allows for controlled indoor growing with proper air filtration.
Seeing how this policy was put in place way back, and mostly for growing medical-grade cannabis, there are more than enough reason for the policy to be changed.
Stetski also said that in West Kootenay more than 100 people are interested in joining together and becoming outdoor marijuana producers.
“It’s not like we have a lot of people sitting around with a lot of money in the Kootenays, whereas some large corporations already have financing in place. The government still seems to be reluctant to allow outdoor growers to participate,” he said.
He also indicated that if small-time farmers and outdoor growers are excluded, this could result in an increased activity on the black market.
Aphria increased capacity to 30,000kg
Meanwhile on the business side of the market, one of the 3 biggest cannabis producers in Canada just got approval for a license amendment from Health Canada that provides Aphria (TSE: APH) with additional production space of 200,000 square feet.
This move will more than triple Aphria’s output, as their production is bound to increase from 9,000 kg to 30,000 kg annually.
According to Aphria officials, the first crop will be cultivated and produced as the result of the 3rd part of Aurora’s expansion and will be available for sale in the last week of May 2018.
Vic Neufeld, Chief Executive Office of Aphria, announced also that the 4th part of their expansion plans is well underway, and once finished early in the next year it will increase Aphria’s capacity over 1,000,000 square feet of production space.
He also pointed out that when combined with the recent acquisition of Broken Coast Cannabis, it will bring Aphria’s anticipated production capacity up to 230,000 kg per year.