Craft Depot currently works with over 100 cannabis licence holders, both cultivators and the processors seeking to buy their product. Aldred says his goal is to help cultivators who are focussed on growing to navigate the often confusing world of wholesale sales and distribution.
Getting licensed is only part of the story. Now that Hearst Organic has been licenced for about nine months, Lacelle says he has learned more about some of the challenges of getting cannabis into the supply chain, especially without a processing or sales licence of his own yet.
Located on campus at the University of Lethbridge in southern Alberta, Inplanta Biotechnology is home to three small greenhouses and several breeding rooms and labs. It bills itself as providing cannabis genetics, breeding and research services primarily to commercial growers at the moment.
John Arbuthnot, CEO and co-founder, started Delta 9 Bio-Tech with his father in 2012 and has helped steer the company through many changes. Now he wants to help new licence holders, especially micro cultivators, have an opportunity to learn from his experience.
ANC’s retrofitted facility currently includes, along with the associated administrative space, four flowering rooms, one vegging room, and one propagation room, all within their 200m2 allowance as a micro cultivation licence holder.
GTEC Holding’s success in the “small batch” indoor cannabis markets, says Singhavon, can provide some valuable lessons for new licence holders entering the legal cannabis market, especially micro cultivators focusing on quality product.
While most larger licence holders may build out complex and expensive facilities, Sea Dog Farm’s approach is a testament to coming at the process from a much more manageable and affordable scale, while still satisfying the regulatory requirements.
Licenced in July 2019, North 40 Cannabis has made a splash with their high quality, small batch products. Gord Nichol is proud of his company’s achievements, and remains cautiously optimistic about the future of the cannabis market for other small scale growers like North 40.
When Health Canada’s micro cannabis licenses emerged in 2018, Serena Donovan felt it would be a great opportunity to work with a plant she had come to love while also helping her husband to diversify their family farm.
Denis Gagnon has been growing flowers and vegetables and raising livestock on his farm near Merrickville Ontario for over thirty years, selling at farmers markets, CSAs and his farm gate stand. When the federal government announced their new regulations for cannabis production, the 71 year old farmer decided it was time to begin trying his hand at adding cannabis to the roster.