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CANADA: ‘An awful lot of expertise’: Black market marijuana growers shouldn’t be shut out of legal market, says task force chair

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‘An awful lot of expertise’: Black market marijuana growers shouldn’t be shut out of legal market, says task force chair

Adrian Wyld/ The Canadian Press”We didn’t want all those people excluded automatically from the possibility of participating in some way,” Anne McLellan, now a senior advisor at Bennett Jones LLP, said. Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email Typo? MoreBlack market marijuana growers should be included in the legal market as they can provide valuable expertise as it evolves, Anne McLellan, chair of the federal government’s task force on legalization, said Monday.McLellan said the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, whose recommendations were broadly adopted in the government’s proposed Cannabis Act, concluded that previous criminal convictions during marijuana’s century of prohibition “shouldn’t be an automatic bar to them coming into the legal system.”“We didn’t want all those people excluded automatically from the possibility of participating in some way,” McLellan, now a senior advisor at Bennett Jones LLP, said in an interview with the Financial Post on the sidelines of a conference on cannabis regulation organized by the Ryerson University in Toronto.The task force’s November report called on the federal government to set up a system that allows various-sized producers to participate, including independent and craft growers.“There are lots of people who are producing now illegally — we talk about artisinal and craft producers — we want a diversity of producers,” McLellan said.“There’s an awful lot of expertise that’s outside the legal system right now and you wouldn’t want to lose all that.”RelatedMarketing restrictions to help small marijuana brands compete against deep-pocketed players: panel‘Turning green into green’: Payment startup aims to capitalize on banking void for marijuana companiesSome Canadian pot activists, including Marc and Jodie Emery, have expressed their disappointment that the draft legislation sets up a system that favours “big marijuana” because the federal government will strictly regulate and license who can produce the plant for sale. Under the current medical marijuana regime, Ottawa has handed out some 40 licences to produce, a small fraction of the number of applicants. However, McLellan points out that producing, manufacturing or selling pot are not the only economic opportunities in the coming multi-billion dollar legal marijuana market.“There are other ways for people to be involved in this industry. People focus on production or manufacturing, retail, and that’s all important, but that’s only the most visible part,” she said.“A lot is going to happen here and there are so many access points for people to be involved.”There are also a plethora of weed-related businesses —from fertilizers to security services to payment processors — carving niches in the space ahead of legalization expected in July 2018.Jodie and Marc Emery, owners of Cannabis Culture, at their store on Church Street in Toronto. They are quickly expanding their empire of dispensaries across Canada and are determined to do so regardless of whether the coming recreational market legalizes dispensaries like theirs. ” data-medium-file=”http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=300″ data-large-file=”http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=620″ class=”size-large wp-image-734308″ alt=”Tyler Anderson/National Post” src=”http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?w=620&quality=60&strip=all&h=389″ width=”620″ height=”389″ srcset=”http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?w=620&quality=60&strip=all&h=389 620w, http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?w=1240&quality=60&strip=all&h=778 1240w, http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?w=140&quality=60&strip=all&h=88 140w, http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?w=300&quality=60&strip=all&h=188 300w, http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg” style=”max-width:100%;” />

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Philip J. Cenedella IV - The 2-continent Cannabis Consultant First and foremost, I am a Patient Advocate since 1977. I have also served as a Board of Director for the World Trade Center San Diego, as a Lead Consultant for Deutsche Telekom's Executive Board, Founded the Dayton Human Trafficking Accords and have been a C-Level Business Development Executive for over 3 decades. From California, now residing in Germany and providing professional business development services to firms from the USA and Europe. How I can help you: Business Development services including establishing Sales Channels, Joint-Venture Partnerships and Distribution Networks in Europe and North America. Call +1.888.206.3264 Skype: philip.j.cenedella eMail: phil@cenedella.de ...for a no-obligation initial discussion.

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