A local medical marijuana dispensary feels the timeline for legalized recreational weed does not support established businesses.
Tamara Duggan of Kimberley’s Tamarack Dispensaries says recreational cannabis legislation creates a huge void for its medicinal use.
Duggan says there has been no recommendations or allowances for medical cannabis throughout this process.
She says the Federal Government are only looking at selling dried products, which clarifies nothing for marijuana edibles.
“Basically, I’m being forced into the situation of moving into recreational sales in order to comply with the legislation,” Duggan says. “Fingers crossed that I’ll actually be one of the fortunate ones that gets issued a license to continue to sell.”
Duggan of Tamarack Dispensaries feels Senate’s go ahead for the drug to be legalized is too rushed and does not take small business into account.
She adds the stipulations made for craft growers do not fit what smaller producers can manage.
“The stipulations that they’ve made is so beyond what craft growers can do in terms of size and the whole expense involved for them to set-up,” Duggan says. “If they think that this system is going to eliminate the underground market that already exists, they are actually going to be strengthening it.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday Canadians will be able to purchase recreational pot legally starting October 17th.
At that point, the sale, consumption and cultivation of up to four cannabis plants per home becomes legal.
– Tamarack Dispensaries Owner, Tamara Duggan