A source for the Globe and Mail said that the federal government is poised to drastically speed up the licensing process to increase the number of companies authorized to grow marijuana in Canada. The expedited process should help to meet the expected increase in demand once adult-use legislation becomes a reality in the Great White North.
Further to the producer efforts, another priority for the feds is to ensure a diverse array of large and small businesses growing cannabis.
There are currently 42 companies with permission to cultivate, and many of them are large corporations with sizable facilities and resources. The federal official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said there is “a clear desire on the government’s part to have a mix of big and small producers.”
The legislation to legalize cannabis is reported to be coming on Thursday of this week, providing Canadians with a better idea of how the national system will operate.
The same Globe and Mail source offered some insight as to how each province is expected to execute sales. “It’s going to be similar to the situation with alcohol. In Alberta, it’s in the hands of the private sector,…