Across Canada, cannabis is being sold legally in retail outlets and online. However, there’s one model that, to date, has had limited uptake: farmgate, wherein a licensed provider can sell directly to the consumer at the point of production.
The Federal representative for the riding of Haldimand-Norfolk in southern Ontario asked the Federal Minister of Health what the federal government is doing to address personal and designated medical growers operating outside the boundaries of their medical designations.
In this piece we conduct an overview of the cannabis retail scene in Ontario to get a sense of what it’s like to open up shop, what’s moving, how cannabis 2.0 impacted business, whether market saturation is of concern, and how COVID-19 affected operations.
Taima Extracts Inc. is a cannabis extraction company at the licensing stage with Health Canada, looking to focus on a culture-based, high quality approach to cannabis extracts for the consumer market in Canada.
Approved for a micro cultivation license in May 2020, Saffer-Spiro’s Willow Weed is a passion project of he and his father. The father and son team have spent the last year constructing a space to house their 200m2 of outdoor production space and indoor drying and storage room, building around old barns and rock walls and integrating the new space into the old farm.
Coulson Cannabis, founded by Cody Coulson, is a cannabis processor in Ontario focusing on solvent free extraction of small batch craft cannabis for supply of legal, high quality extract products.
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.
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.