An organization that says it represents ‘small, craft cannabis growers’ is lobbying the federal government to increase the size of the definition of the word “small” to include “anyone who isn’t a corporation.”
“Being a small, craft cannabis grower isn’t really about size so much as spirit” says Shania Spirit, the executive director of The Canadian Craft Cannabis Producers (CCCP). “The government wants to say we have to be ‘small’, but that’s an unjust barrier to our entry into the marketplace. Who are they to dictate what small means?”
Spirit says the CCCP is actively lobbying the federal government to expand the definition of small “beyond the limited, paternalizing scope of size” so that Canada’s craft cannabis farmers have a chance to become legal.
The federal government has proposed a ‘micro’ license distinction of 200 square metres for growers who want to grow pot on a small scale with less regulatory hurdles than a standard cultivation license. But the CCCP says this limitation is just meant to keep small cannabis farmers out of the industry.
“Canadians want access to the kinds of craft products produced by the small farmers the CCCP represents, who are able to grow a quality of cannabis not achievable when you are a big corporate grow operation,” continues Spirit. “But these regulations that require us to be under 200 square metres are unfair because that’s too small.
“By our estimations that means a small craft farmer with a limited family staff of a few people could only bring in about $1 million in sales annually, which is just not worth it! We might as well keep growing our high quality craft cannabis on our small farms without any stupid regulations if they don’t fit all our demands, like not limiting the size and definition of the word ‘small’ to small farms.”
Spirit’s life-partner and president of the CCCP, Doug Senderhorn-Spirit, agrees.
“The government needs to stop forcing small farmers to be small. It’s like they want to choke us out of this industry. They say my 20,000 square foot grow operation isn’t ‘small’. But it’s not just about size: it’s about our craft spirit and our anti-corporate affectations.
“Sure, we could just apply for a standard license, but then we’re as bad as those big corporate licensed producers who are sometimes ten or twenty-thousand square feet, and that just doesn’t allow corporate growers to give the attention to detail that our craft growers can achieve.”
* This article brought to you by the BC Craft Satire Assn.