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Plans are underway to make Castlegar home to one of the first craft cannabis industrial parks in the province.

Plans are underway to make Castlegar home to one of the first craft cannabis industrial parks in the province.

Vancouver, B.C. — July 22, 2019— Plans are underway to make Castlegar home to one of the first craft cannabis industrial parks in the province.

The City of Castlegar has entered into a lease agreement with Cannabis West Development to build a facility on land near the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

“Focused specifically on the craft cannabis industry here in BC, these parks will become home to the hundreds of craft cultivators and master growers transitioning to the new compliant state under the federal government’s move to legalize cannabis last October,” says CWDC CEO Sean Maloney.

“CWDC believes that the real production capacity and cultivation expertise of the Canadian cannabis industry is held by the craft cultivators who have been growing the world’s best quality premium flower product,” says Maloney. “Master growers know how to produce the quality product required to meet market demand. Experienced cultivators here in B.C. have worked for decades perfecting their craft product.”

There are an estimated 17,500 micro cannabis cultivators in BC alone.

Maloney is confident that CWDC’s craft cannabis business model will thrive in their industrial park design, enabling craft cultivators to compete with any Licensed Producer in the country.

“Our model will provide access to state-of-the-art facilities, industrial load infrastructure, energy and various other efficiencies through bundled services such as security and technical support,” he says.

“We pull together expertise in everything from HVAC technology to federal licensing and compliance support. Our collective efforts are entirely focused upon supporting the craft cannabis cultivator. Our business eco-system encourages cultivators to maintain their intellectual property and build their brand.”

Operating within the CWDC business model, competent cultivators should expect a ROI within nine to twelve months, with annual sales estimated to be between $6-7 million.

“Our corporate mantra is ‘For Cultivators, By Cultivators’,” Maloney says. He often hears of craft producers being solicited to secure long-term supply agreements to provide world-class product at discounted price points. “At CWDC our goal is to work with cultivators to support their passion. All craft cultivators are advised to seek legal advice before signing a deal that would see their valuable IP and brand discounted and white labeled.”

Maloney says CWDC is receiving tremendous response from local governments who value the compliance, transparency, and public safety aspect of CWDC’s planning efforts.

“Municipalities are keen to see brownfield industrial sites redeveloped to provide valuable good jobs and new sources of municipal revenue. Meanwhile, craft cannabis cultivators and entrepreneurs yearn for the opportunity to bring their world class product to the legitimate space. Positive feedback from the craft cannabis cultivator community has been overwhelming.”

Cannabis Act: Questions and Answers

Cannabis Act: Questions and Answers


Bill C-45 an Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts (the Cannabis Act) was introduced in the House of Commons on April 13, 2017.

Find answers to your questions about the proposed Cannabis Act.


Q1. Why doesn’t the Government of Canada decriminalize cannabis for the interim period between introduction and when the proposed legislation comes into force?
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Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis

Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis

Table of Contents

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Licenses, Permits and Authorizations
  • 3 Security Clearances
  • 4 Cannabis Tracking System
  • 5 Cannabis Products
  • 6 Packaging and Labeling
  • 7 Cannabis for Medical Purposes
  • 8 Health Products and Cosmetics with Cannabis
  • 9 Other Issues
  • Annex A: Details of Proposed Label Content Requirements for Cannabis
  • Annex B: Details of Proposed Label Display Requirements for Cannabis
  • Annex C: Proposed Health Warning Messages

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Legalizing and strictly regulating cannabis: the facts

Legalizing and strictly regulating cannabis: the facts

The proposed Cannabis Act would create a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis across Canada.

The Act seeks to:

  • restrict youth access to cannabis
  • protect young people from promotion or enticements to use cannabis
  • deter and reduce criminal activity by imposing serious criminal penalties for those breaking the law, especially those who import, export or provide cannabis to youth
  • protect public health through strict product safety and quality requirements
  • reduce the burden on the criminal justice system
  • provide for the legal production of cannabis to reduce illegal activities
  • allow adults to possess and access regulated, quality controlled legal cannabis
  • enhance public awareness of the health risks associated with cannabis

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