Licensed cannabis producers in Canada are continuing to to utilize a loophole in Canadian law that allows cannabis to be imported from the United States via rapper
While genetic imports from the US are generally not allowed, the so-called “rapper-loophole” allows strains like Khalifa Kush or Leafs by Snoop to magically cross the US/Canada border and be grown and marketed here in Canada.
Any other non-US-rapper-imported seeds or clones must go through an extensive approval process from one of about five approved countries, of which the US is not included. The loophole can be expensive, since only US rappers who have gone platinum are able to utilize it, meaning LPs must pay a handsome fee for these rappers’ services.
Securing new starting materials for cannabis has been a challenge for Licensed Producers for years, with only a handful of options available as these LPS sell each other different versions of the same handful of strains purchased from MMAR craft legacy growers in late 2013 and early 2014, and some others magically manifesting strains previously unavailable.
Some speculate this dynamic will shift soon under Health Canada’s new ‘genetic amnesty’ program for illicit pot strains. On April 20th of this year, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau tweeted out “To those illegal cannabis strains seeking legality, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your origin, as long as you come through a new, viable application. Genetic diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToLegality.”
But until then, larger Licensed Producers will likely continue to utilize the US rapper loophole. Some rappers rumoured to still be in talk with some of those LPs are B-Real, Schoolboy Q, ASAP Rocky, Action Bronson, Method Man, and of course, Lil Wayne. Dave Chapel is said to be interested, as well, but because he’s not a platinum rapper, he is unable to participate.
*No rappers were harmed in the writing of this hard hitting satirical article. We didn’t want to hit ’em up, hit ’em up.