‘Shortage’ of marijuana seeds may delay Lawful Canadian home grows

The majority of consumers who had hoped to start lawfully growing their own cannabis for recreational use will be out of luck.

Wholesalers in the country’s two biggest cannabis markets – Ontario and British Columbia – confirmed to Marijuana Business Daily that they will not have recreational marijuana seeds or clones ready for purchase when Canada launches its recreational sector.

As they become available from accredited producers most provinces plan to market seeds.

Nova Scotia, Ontario and british Columbia said licensed producers were not able to supply seeds in time for legalization.

Until those products are offered through a legal channel, the illegal market is expected to continue feeding demand for home cultivation.

(The Cannabis Act stipulates that, “unless approved under this Act, it is prohibited for an individual who is 18 years of age or older to nurture, propagate or crop, or to provide to nurture, propagate or harvest, (a) a cannabis plant that is from a plant or plant material that they know is illegal cannabis …”)

Alberta has said it will provide a variety of seeds on the first day of legalization, as will Newfoundland.

Any substantial delay in clones and selling seeds could be a concern for companies gearing up to capitalize on the niche market – from sales of supplies, genetics and equipment.

Meanwhile, companies like British Columbia’s Green Planet Wholesale and Pacific Northwest Garden Supply say they will continue servicing the legal homegrown market, which has experienced growth the past few years.

Justin Cooper, co-founder of the two companies, said he sees home cultivation being a popular alternative to buying product for those and consumers who wish to prevent product shortages.

New licenses

A new license could help alleviate demand for homegrown cannabis materials, but there is no timeline for when those companies will be ready to go.

Health Canada will start accepting applications such as micro-cultivation, nurseries and micro-production licenses.

Provinces, for their part, have tools at their disposal to provide customers access to clones and seeds.

Clones and seeds can grow and, just as with other producers, be qualified for sales by their provinces, which means people could go to purchase those products.

Underneath the Cannabis Act, territories and states have the ability to allow cultivators to market customers starting materials that are nonmedical.

Vice president of Toronto consultancy Cannabis Compliance, deepak Anand, stated therefore it s a tiny chicken-and-an-egg situation nurseries will still must be licensed by Health Canada, “. And it’s going to take time in provinces that haven’t considered this for that to come online.

I think it hasn’t. People have forgotten about this whole element, which will be quite important. ”

Nurseries will be allowed to grow clones and seeds for sale to wholesalers that are provincial and licensed producers.

Up to now, only Newfoundland has given a licensed producer the green light to open its onsite shop.

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Published at Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:03:52 +0000

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