David Hurford estimates there are upwards of 6,000 small cannabis producers in B.C. that are licensed by Health Canada to produce medical marijuana, which is more than a quarter of the entire 20,000 he said exist across Canada.
The Vancouver man is on a mission to organize a fraction of those cannabis producers into a co-op to give them not only purchasing power, but marketing strength on the world stage.
“There’s a real opportunity here,” Hurford told Global News on a visit to the Okanagan.
In rules that changed in late 2018, Health Canada opened up licensing to micro cultivators: a grower who has less than 200 sq. m., or 2,152 sq. ft., of canopy space.
Hurford said there’s only one person in Canada who can grow weed legally in such a relatively small space. And that person happens to be somewhere in B.C.
“We don’t have enough,” Hurford said, adding that there have been fewer than 100 applications across the country.
Since the start of the year, Hurford has been taking his pitch for a provincial cannabis co-op across the province.
As a special advisor to Grow Tech Labs, a self-described Vancouver-based cannabis business incubator, Hurford comes into his role after years in both the private and public sector, including four years with Health Canada in Ottawa.
About a dozen people attended his pitch in Kelowna on Thursday night.
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