British Columbia trails Ontario in cannabis micro-license applications

(This story has been up to date to incorporate circumstances involving the issuance of the primary federal micro-class cannabis license. – ED.)

A comparatively new class of federal marijuana licenses for smaller companies in Canada is proving to be extra interesting to entrepreneurs in Ontario than in British Columbia – house to a lot of the nation’s craft cannabis business – largely seen as a mirrored image of developments in commonplace licenses.

Micro-class licenses have been launched by the federal authorities final yr. The licenses attraction to smaller companies, although they nonetheless include a hefty price ticket.

As of March 31, Health Canada had acquired micro-license applications – for cultivation, processing or each – for 150 websites.

Ontario-based companies lead with 41 applications, adopted by British Columbia (36) and Quebec (34).

Health Canada stated an organization in British Columbia acquired the primary micro-cultivation licence.

“This company was originally licensed under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations and transitioned to a micro-cultivation licence under the new licensing rules,” spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau stated in an e-mail.

The regulator stated it can’t identify the firm as a result of it’s thought-about confidential enterprise info.

Sherry Boodram, CEO and co-founder of Toronto-based regulatory consulting agency CannDelta, stated the provincial breakdown of candidates is according to the distribution of ordinary cultivation licenses.

That’s partly attributable to municipalities in Ontario being extra snug with the thought of getting cannabis amenities situated inside their boundaries.

“Municipalities understand what that means,” Boodram stated. “I think they’ve worked out their bylaws a little bit more, in terms of what is accessible and what the expectations are.”

CannDelta works with roughly 15 micro-applicants throughout Canada.

She expects British Columbia to proceed making up floor on Ontario.

“The more licenses get approved, the more comfortable people will be with taking that leap of faith, especially now that applicants are required to have the sites built out,” Boodram stated.

Her recommendation for potential entrants is to get all their geese in a row earlier than beginning down the appliance path.

Entrepreneurs can set themselves up for fulfillment by calling in specialists early, when crucial, to assist with facility design, regulatory consulting – “any kind of contractor they need, even from a financial perspective. Start having those conversations to make sure they’re set up for success,” she stated.

“There’s a lot that goes into it, especially with having the facility built out and having enough capital.”

Boodram stated Health Canada’s new requirement to start out the federal software course of with a accomplished facility can be useful in the long term.

“It does allow for people who are more serious or qualified to apply. In the long term, it will be better. There will be more applicants who are ready to go,” she stated.

“If people are not financially able to fulfill that commitment, they’ll know earlier on.”

Matt Lamers may be reached at [email protected]


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