MP Stetski expressed his concern regarding the small businesses and the new cannabis regulations.
Wayne Stetski, NDP Member of Parliament for B.C.’s Kootenay-Columbia, Canada has expressed his concern regarding the small businesses in his area and how the new cannabis regulations implemented to control legalized recreational cannabis will affect them.
Stetski stated that the new regulations benefit the large companies and omit the small businesses.
“It seems to me to favour large corporations and potentially leave the little person out and I don’t think that’s right,”
He stated that it is very hapless that the small businesses have not been considered in the regulations. Currently, many of the small cannabis production companies are struggling to obtain licenses from the Health Canada because the lack of funding and their facilities are not up to a certain standard.
The new cannabis regulations are not on equal standings
Stetski highlighted that there appears to be continuous inequality in the business sector. He has raised the issue in the House of Commons,
“If you have lots of money, you can get into a position to apply for a license…if you don’t have lots of money you can’t.”
He stated that it’s not like we have a lot of people sitting around with a lot of money in the Kootenays, whereas some large corporations already have the finance in place. In addition, the co-op that has been formed in West Kootenay has approximately 100 people interested in becoming outdoor cannabis growers.
Nonetheless, the Health Canada policy stipulates that all cannabis must be grown in an indoor facility.
“The government still seems to be reluctant to allow outdoor growers to participate.”
Stetski is adamant that if the regulations are not amended to involve the small business owner then very difficult times ahead for both the individuals who live in the West Kootenay and potentially for the government.