AGLC reverses course, will buy from micro producers

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Sometimes,
a
government’s
message
can
get
lost
in
the
media
and
lead
to
uncertainties
for
both
industry
and
the
general
public.

Take
BC’s
recently-introduced

20%
sales
tax
on
vape
products
:
At
first
it
was
unclear
in
its
announcement
whether
it
applied
to
dried
cannabis
vapes
(turns
out,
the
province
later
clarified,

it
did
not
).

But
sometimes
it’s
the
government’s
message
itself
that
causes
confusion–especially
when
it’s
just
plain
wrong.

In
December,
in
response
to
an
inquiry
from
Kieley
Beaudry,
co-founder
of
Alberta
micro-cultivator
applicant

Parkland
Flower
,
an
email
from
an
unnamed
person
at
Alberta
Gaming,
Liquor
&
Cannabis
wrote
that
micro-level
licensees
“do
not
produce
enough
product
for
Alberta
Gaming
and
Liquor
Commission
requirements,
therefore
we
would
not
engage
in
businesses
with
them
at
this
time.”

This
week,

Leafly
covered
the
story
,
complete
with
negative
comments
from
some
heavy-hitting
cannabis
industry
insiders,
including
lawyer
Trina
Fraser.

Turns
out,
the
AGLC’s
reply
was

not
true
.

On
Wednesday,
Beaudry
posted
a
new
follow-up
email
from
“Philip”
at
Alberta
Cannabis
sent
to
her
the
same
day,
stating
that
“you
were
mistakenly
provided
with
incorrect
information
and
I
am
pleased
to
provide
an
update
and
some
clarity.”

The
email
indicated
that
they
were
indeed
accepting
product
from
micro
processors.

Curiously,
the
ALGC
says
they
will
accept
product
from
“Micro
Cultivation/Processing
licensees
that
have
a
valid
recreational
sales
licence
from
Health
Canada.”

That
statement
is
curious,
given
that
only
processors
can
sell
a
wide
array
of
cannabis
directly
to
the
AGLC
but
micro-cultivators
are
only
legally
permitted
to
sell
them
plants
and
seeds.

That’s
in
addition
to
the
fact
that
Health
Canada
does
not
give
out
“recreational
sales
licences.”

Nitpicking
aside,
in
the
early
days
of
Canada’s
burgeoning
legal
cannabis
industry,
hiccups
are
expected.

Beaudry,
for
her
part,

tweeted

on
Wednesday
that
she
is
“very
much
looking
forward
to
working
with
them
and
licensed
micro-processors
to
get
craft
products
to
consumers.”



 
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