A micro-cultivation license would authorize the cultivation of cannabis plants and to produce cannabis seeds, cannabis plants, fresh cannabis and dried cannabis. A license for micro-cultivation would also authorize associated or supplemental activities related to these core activities, including possession, transportation, research and development, storage and destruction. The intra-industry sale of seeds, plants, and harvested materials (for example, fresh and dried cannabis) to other cultivators, processors, and holders of a research authorization would also be allowed.
Micro cultivators can be seen as mini standard cultivators. Holding a micro cultivation licence allows for the capability to perform all authorized activities specified by the licence, under the same regimen as a standard cultivator. Although, a micro cultivation licence comes with a single constraint.
Micro cultivation has a threshold under which harvestable classes of cannabis may be produced, namely ≤ 200 m2 (≤ 2,152 ft2) of canopy, including any surface area which consists of multiple surfaces (i.e., racking). Though this constraint limits the potential for growth and flexibility within the industry.
A licensed micro-cultivator has the ability to
(1) create a small family business;
(2) build a facility on a small plot of land;
(3) be operable with a decreased utility load;
(4) get small players into the market who wish to become a part of the market;
(5) benefit from decreased security requirements;
(6) bring in cannabis plants and cannabis plant seeds into the operation that have not been attained under the former or upcoming regulations;
(7) be able to tie into other licence classes on the same site, giving the holder flexibility, among other cultivators of this class, in the competitive market.1
This license category is to enable the participation of small-scale processors in the legal cannabis industry. A license for micro-processing would authorize the same activities as a license for standard processing, but on a smaller scale.
As with a license for standard processing, a license for micro-processing would authorize related activities, including possession, transportation, research and development, storage, destruction, and the intra-industry sale of products to other federal license holders or to provincially- or territorially-authorized sellers. A separate authorization would be required for sales directly to the public.
A micro processor is similar to a standard processor, being a micro-sized standard processing operation. This class of licence is directed to interested applicants who wish to manufacture cannabis products within a certain production limit. A Micro-processing licence allows you to possess, transport, research, develop, store and destruct, as well as allowing for the intra-industry sale of products to other federal licence holders, as well as provincially- and territorially-authorized sellers. These holders have the capability to perform all the authorized activities of a standard processor, although cannabis is obtained via synthesis and production limits associated with this licence class.
A micro processor has a certain threshold limit that constrains the holder to no more than 600 kg of dried cannabis or equivalent within a given calendar year. This limit applies to the cannabis that has been sold or distributed to them. This limit does not apply to a micro processor who also holds a licence for micro cultivation in relation to the same site, although the cannabis sold to the micro processor attains cannabis exclusively from that site.
A licensed micro processor has the ability to:
(1) create opportunities for individuals seeking scientific knowledge and applying that knowledge on a small scale;
(2) create a small family business;
(3) build a facility on a small plot of land;
(4) be operable with a decreased utility load;
(5) get small players into the market who wish to become a part of the market;
(6) be able to tie into other licence classes on the same site, giving the holder flexibility, among other processors of this class, in the competitive market1;
(7) benefit from decreased security requirements.