Craft cannabis is hitting the market as newly licensed craft producers are coming into operation. With the introduction of the new regulations under the Cannabis Act, the federal government created micro-cultivation licences, often referred to as “craft producers”, which have less security and building requirements than a full-scale cultivation licence.
Individuals are now able to apply for micro-cultivation licences. If approved for a micro-cultivation licence you would be authorized to grow an unlimited amount of cannabis.
However, in order to qualify for a micro-processing licence, your cannabis production facility surface area cannot be larger than 200 square metres. This would include areas with multiple surfaces such as production areas that are vertically arranged. Cultivation may be conducted indoors or outdoors however, the cannabis plant surface area would include any indoor/outdoor areas at any single time.
Other restrictions include that there must be one person designated as the master grower who is responsible for the cultivation, propagation and harvesting of cannabis and must have sufficient knowledge of the provisions of the Cannabis Act and its regulations in relation to those activities. In addition, a holder of a licence for micro-cultivation or standard cultivation may designate one individual as the alternate master grower who is qualified to replace the master grower.
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