The Cannabis Business Transition Initiative of Community Futures Central Kootenay is pleased to announce the launch of a Cannabis Economic Development Task Force with the mandate to support economic development of the area’s vital cannabis sector.
Cannabis has a long history in the Kootenays, contributing to the economy, culture, and agricultural sector. Cannabis production has proven itself resilient over time and through the pandemic, and has enormous potential to contribute even more to our region. The Cannabis Economic Development Task Force will explore how that can be most effectively supported.
Options for enhancing the cannabis sector in the Kootenays include:
- Identifying opportunities for policy change that would lower barriers for those seeking a federal licence to produce or process cannabis;
- Exploring the creation of a regional brand that would convey not only the geographical origin of Kootenay cannabis, but some of the characteristics of our region’s product that have already garnered an enthusiastic following;
- Influencing the development of organic standards and certification for cannabis; and,
- Enabling conversations and networking to foster collaborations that will build the pieces necessary to expand opportunities for Kootenay cannabis producers.
The Cannabis Economic Development Task Force will be made up of industry representatives, local government, economic development organizations, and those involved in various branches of the sector, including cultivators and processors. Those appointed to the Cannabis Economic Development Task Force will be selected through an application process that factors in a mix of locations around the region as well as a diversity of voices and perspectives. We know that the Cannabis Economic Development Task Force will have the most impact when its decisions and priorities are driven by those with direct experience of the sector and from robust conversations.
If you would like to help make the local cannabis sector thrive and have relevant experience, please apply online or download the application to join the Cannabis Economic Development Task Force by September 21st, 2020.
Note: our online application uses Google Forms. Google stores data in a network of data centres, many of which are outside Canada. If you are concerned about your privacy, we suggest downloading the application, filling it out and emailing to ac.ycilopdoofkc@sibannac or dropping it off at the secure dropbox at Community Futures Central Kootenay in Nelson, same building as Canada Post. The dropbox is to the left of the main door.
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