British Columbia announced the government is in the process of developing farm-gate and direct delivery programs to benefit cannabis industry businesses. The program is expected to be rolled out in 2022. The province’s farm-gate sales program is set to allow cannabis cultivators to sell their products at stores located at their production site. Presently, BC Liquor Distribution Branch is the sole wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis in the province. Business groups including the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers (ACCRES) and the B.C. Chamber of Commerce have been pushing for the policies since legalization efforts in 2016. However, the announcement was light on details, including not defining “small-scale producer.” Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general, said in the release, “Now more than ever, our government is committed to supporting B.C. businesses and encouraging people to buy local, and that includes creating conditions for cannabis businesses of all sizes to succeed.”

Marijuana Business Daily, 09/21/2020 10:35:24

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